Individualized Protection Tailored to Your Pet’s Needs
Pets are such an important part of our lives, and we would do anything we could to protect them from harm. One of the simplest ways to contribute to their health and happiness is to ensure they are vaccinated against diseases. At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our veterinarians will work with you to develop a vaccination protocol that will meet your pet’s specific needs.
Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations
When you bring your new pet in for an introductory exam, typically between 6–8 weeks of age, he or she will receive the first in a series of distemper vaccinations. Additional booster shots will be given every 3–4 weeks, until your kitten has received three shots or your puppy has received four.
The rabies vaccination will be administered between 12–16 weeks of age and will last 1 year.
For kittens, there is one additional vaccination that may be required, depending upon lifestyle factors. If your kitten will be going outside or is exposed to another animal that does, then we recommend vaccinating against feline leukemia. This vaccination will be administered once your kitten reaches the age of 12 weeks, and a booster shot will be given 3 weeks later.
For puppies, a Lyme disease vaccination will be administered at 16 weeks of age, with one booster shot to follow. There are two additional vaccinations that puppies may require, depending upon their lifestyle. If your puppy will be interacting with other animals regularly—by going to dog parks, doggy daycare, or a kennel for example—then we recommend that he or she receive bordetella and canine flu vaccinations. Once these vaccinations have been administered, they will each be followed up by one additional booster shot.
Adult Dog and Cat Vaccinations
For adult canines living in Northern Virginia, the core dog vaccines are:
- Rabies—The first vaccination lasts 1 year, subsequent vaccinations last 3 years.
- Distemper—This vaccination is required annually.
While this vaccine is not required, it is highly recommended for dogs in our region:
- Lyme disease—This vaccination is also required annually.
The following optional dog vaccinations are recommended for canines that are regularly exposed to other animals. If your dog goes to the groomer, the dog park, or is about to be boarded—including for hospital or surgical procedures—then please tell our veterinarians so we can provide him or her with this much-needed protection. Both of these vaccinations must be administered annually:
- Canine flu
Core cat vaccines include:
- Rabies—We offer both traditional and PureVax rabies vaccines. The first vaccination lasts 1 year, subsequent vaccinations last 1–3 years.
- Distemper—This vaccination is labeled as an annual vaccine.
There is one optional cat vaccination that may required if your cat goes outside or is exposed to another animal that does:
- Feline leukemia—This vaccination is required annually.
Pet vaccinations play a key role in maintaining good pet health. To learn more about other steps you can take to promote pet wellness, please visit these helpful resources:
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