Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Milpitas, CA for a Long, Healthful Life
Your pet’s health and wellbeing rely on a consistent vaccination schedule. Cat and dog vaccines protect them from dangerous, highly contagious diseases by stimulating their immune system to recognize and subdue the virus. At Calaveras Veterinary Clinic in Milpitas, we work with you to determine the appropriate cat and dog vaccinations for you and your family. Not every pet will need every vaccine—your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors play an important role in their vaccination protocol.
Core Cat and Dog Vaccinations and When They are Needed
While vaccines all protect against different diseases, they run on a similar timeline throughout your pet’s life. As a puppy or kitten, your pet will begin their initial series of vaccinations. It will include the “core” or essential vaccines required for all pets.
Core dog vaccines include:
Core cat vaccines include:
Your pet will receive their first dose of DHPP or FVRCP at about 8 weeks old, and then subsequent doses every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. For rabies, they will receive an initial dose between 12 and 16 weeks of age. After the initial series, your pet will need annual boosters of each vaccine.
Noncore Cat and Dog Vaccinations
Noncore vaccinations include those that are not required and depend on your pet’s lifestyle and level of risk of certain diseases.
Noncore dog vaccines include:
- Leptospirosis (for dogs that are frequently outdoors)
- Bordetella (for those who often board and attend training classes or the dog park)
- CIV (canine influenza is highly recommended for all dogs but especially pertains to those that are frequently in close quarters with other dogs)
- Rattlesnake vaccine (for dogs who often hike in the wilderness with their owners)
Noncore cat vaccines include:
- Feline Leukemia (for outdoor cats and those who often come in contact with other cats)
The timeline for these vaccines is less consistent but most of them have an initial series of 1-3 doses and then subsequent boosters every year.