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At birth, an animal’s immune system is immature and vulnerable to infection. A nursing baby animal receives immunity from mother’s milk in the first few days after birth. However, somewhere around 6 weeks of age, this immunity diminishes. As a pet owner, disease protection is your primary responsibility, and one easily addressed through vaccinations. In young animals, the initial vaccines are typically administered 2 to 4 weeks apart to produce the best protection. Once the initial series is completed, vaccines may be given in two different ways: on an annual schedule at the wellness exam or when risk of exposure increases, such as at a dog park or boarding kennel. There are specific vaccines that are necessary, such as rabies, and those that are typical for pets in our area. The following is an outline of the more common vaccines given to dogs and cats.

Canine Vaccines

  • Distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza (DHPP)—Annually
  • Lyme—Annually after the initial 2-vaccine series
  • Rabies—3-year vaccine
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)—Annually or based on requirements of kennel or other high-exposure environments

Puppy Series—Typical vaccines may include

  • DHPP—Start at 6–8 weeks, then a booster every 3–4 weeks, at least three doses
  • Rabies—At 12–16 weeks, the immunity lasts for 1 year
  • Lyme—The initial vaccine may be given as early as 12–16 weeks of age, then a booster in 3 weeks

Feline Vaccines

  • Feline distemper and upper respiratory (FVRCP)—1- or 3-year vaccine, depending on your cat’s lifestyle
  • Rabies—3-year vaccine
  • Feline leukemia (FeLv)—Annually if your cat goes outdoors

Kitten Series—Typical vaccines may include:

  • FVRCP—The initial vaccine is administered between 6–8 weeks of age, then a booster every 3–4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
  • Rabies—At 12–16 weeks, the immunity lasts for 1 year
  • FeLv—The initial vaccine may be given at 8–9 weeks of age, then booster 4 weeks later

The pet care professionals of Harlingen Veterinary Clinic believe every pet has different needs, based on factors such as age and lifestyle. We will create a vaccination schedule that is tailored to your pet, providing the optimum protection from debilitating and deadly diseases. Contact our office to schedule your pet for a wellness visit, including a customized vaccination plan.

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