Pet Vaccinations:
A Lifetime of Protection


With advances in veterinary medicine, many diseases that were once dangerous and often fatal are now entirely preventable. Pet vaccinations are an essential part of your pet’s wellness plan, and it’s important that your pet stays current with them throughout their lives. Vaccines work by administering a tiny amount of the virus that is then suppressed by your pet’s antibodies. Should your pet ever come into contact with the same virus, their antibodies will recognize it immediately and react against the contagion. Don't hesitate to contact our Alpena animal hospital with questions about vaccines, including when you should bring your pet in to be vaccinated.

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Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Pets

Pet vaccinations are split up into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that all pets, regardless of lifestyle, should receive. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on lifestyle factors.

Core vaccines for dogs:

  • Rabies
  • DAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
  • Leptospirosis

Non-core vaccines for dogs

  • Lyme
  • Bordetella
  • Canine Influenza

Core vaccines for cats:

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)

Non-core vaccines for cats

  • FeLV (feline leukemia)

Vaccines for Other Small Mammals

Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, ferrets, rabbits or other small mammals may require the rabies vaccine. Additionally, ferrets may also benefit from the canine distemper vaccine (DAPP) if they are outdoors a lot and likely to come into contact with dogs.

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Vaccination Timeline for Puppies and Kittens

Your pet will receive their first core vaccinations when they are still quite young. Puppies and kittens need an initial series of vaccines to boost their immunity. Typical timelines for puppies and kittens are as follows:

Puppy Recommendations:

Puppy Recommendations:

  • Between 6-8 weeks: vaccination for DAPP
  • Repeat vaccines in 21-28 days
  • Repeat vaccines in 21-28 days; Leptospirosis vaccine
  • Repeat vaccines in 21-28 days; Leptospirosis vaccine; Rabies vaccine (1-year)*

* Must have 2 vaccines past 12 weeks of age given in the appropriate time frame to be considered fully protected.

Adult Dogs:

Adult Dogs

  • Vaccination for Leptospirosis (annually)
  • Vaccination for DAPP (1 or 3-year)
  • Vaccination for Rabies (1 or 3-year)

Kitten Recommendations:

Kitten Recommendations:

  • Between 8-11 weeks: vaccination for Distemper combination (FVRCP); Leukemia test recommended; Leukemia vaccination recommended
  • Repeat vaccines in 21-28 days
  • Repeat vaccines in 21-28 days; Rabies vaccination (1-year)*

*Must have 2 vaccines past 12 weeks of age given in the appropriate time frame to be considered fully protected.

Adult Cats:

Adult Cats

  • Vaccination for Distemper combination (1 or 3-year)
  • Vaccination for Leukemia (annually)*
  • Vaccination for Rabies (1 or 3-year)

*We recommend the Leukemia vaccine for any cat that goes outside.

Please schedule a consultation appointment to learn more about vaccines and how your pet can benefit.


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