Vaccines are one of the most important pieces of maintaining good health for both dogs and cats. Vaccines prevent or mimimize the severity of many diseases, some of which are life-threatening or can be spread to humans.
Vaccine recommendations aren't a one-size-fits-all approach anymore. We consider individual factors such as age, lifestyle, and degree of risk when making vaccine recommendations for each of our patients.
For puppies and kittens, it's very important that they receive a complete series of core vaccinations. This means receiving boosters every 3-4 weeks from approximately 8 weeks of age until 20 weeks of age.
Older pets often still need vaccines, but sometimes they can be given vaccines that last longer than one year or certain vaccines can be discontinued as the pet ages or as risk factors change. See the links below for additional information about the diseases that we vaccinate against.