Vaccines and regular health exams are key preventive care measures and are critical to the well-being of your pets to help protect them from potentially deadly infectious diseases.
The process of immunization against disease begins in your pet’s body as a result of receiving vaccines, usually by injection.
VCA veterinarians recommend:
- Giving core vaccines to dogs (distemper, canine adenovirus, parvovirus and rabies)
- Giving core vaccines to cats (panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and rabies)
- Starting a vaccine program between 6 and 9 weeks of age to begin proper lifelong protection
- Giving vaccines every 3 weeks until a pet reaches 15 to 17 weeks of age. This time interval allows for maximum immune response and, therefore, the best protection
- Boostering pets one year after the puppy or kitten hood vaccines
- Vaccinating thereafter every 1 to 3 years (or as recommended by your VCA veterinarian) depending on a pet's lifestyle and risk factors
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