Core Canine and Feline Vaccinations

Core Canine and Feline Vaccinations

Core or recommended and required vaccines are vital to your cat's or dog's health. At New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, our staff keeps track of your pet's shot schedule, and our veterinarian is available to answer your questions about vaccinations and advise you if any additional shots are necessary. 

Core Kitten and Cat Vaccines

Kittens and older cats need the same preventive shots. Core ones for kittens begin at six weeks with the feline distemper, the feline herpes virus, and the calicivirus vaccines. These are often given in one shot at six weeks and then repeated every three to four weeks until they reach 16-weeks-old. Twelve months after the first dose, your cat will get a one-year booster. For new adults, these are given in two doses, 3-4 weeks apart. Both need an additional booster every three years. 

At eight weeks, kittens are old enough for the rabies vaccine. Three to four weeks later, they need a second shot. These only have an effective life of 12-months. Many county and state health departments require all cats and dogs eight-weeks and older have an annual rabies vaccination. 

Dogs, Puppies, and Core Vaccinations

Puppies can begin vaccine regiments when they are six weeks old. The first core shots include distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus type 1, and Adenovirus type 2. Your puppy will need three doses between 6 and 16 weeks of age. Adult dogs 16-weeks and older receive two shots, three to four weeks apart. At one year, puppies get a booster for each core vaccine, and all adult dogs have follow-up shots every three-years to retain their protections. 

All dogs need a single dose of the rabies vaccination each year. Your puppy should have this shot at 12-weeks and repeat it every year to prevent rabies, a disease that's deadly for all animals and spreads to humans. 

Contact Our Animal Hospital Today at 919-317-6091

Our veterinary staff will schedule an appointment for your cat, dog, or both to get caught up on all vaccinations at 5016 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham. You can call New Hope Animal Hospital at 919-317-6091 to schedule an appointment today!

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