Vaccination Protocol

Vaccine protocols may differ between regions due to differing risks and disease presence. The following is the vaccine protocol most commonly used for dogs and cats in Alberta. However, each pet may have a different risk assessment based on their lifestyle and require adjustments to this protocol based on age, history, and lifestyle.

For both dogs or cats, vaccines are required to cover the most dangerous and common infectious diseases. For adult animals yearly vaccinations are sufficient. However, puppies and kittens require a standardized schedule of 3 vaccinations to provide better protection due to age related immune weakness. The vaccination process can be started when they are over 6 weeks old.  The intervals between vaccinations should be 3 or 4 weeks. This will give the immune system enough time to respond .  The veterinarian will recommend the ideal vaccination schedule depending on; age, medical history, and risk assessment if this is the case.  Vaccinating not only protects your pet but protects the community from disease by decreasing vectors (the number of animals the disease can infect) to stop it from spreading. There are a set of core vaccinations given to dogs and cats. Core vaccinations are used to protect your pet from the most common or dangerous infectious diseases. Rabies is one of the two core vaccinations. With a fatality rate of 99.9% it is required by the city of Edmonton when registering your pet. Other vaccinations are available and dependent on the lifestyle of the your pet. Talking to your vet about these options and your pets lifestyle allows them to better serve you and your pets health requirements.

stock-vector-dog-silhouette-19463380 6  WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – DHPP (1st) Distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, Parvovirus Consider Bordatella Fecal analysis for parasites (if at risk) Flea & Parasite prevention 9-10 WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – DHPP (2nd) Vaccination – Leptospirosis 1st and Lyme 1st if in risk group Consider Bordatella if not yet given Flea & Parasite prevention 12-13 WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – DHPP (3rd) Revaccinate Leptospirosis and Lyme after 2-3 weeks after the first vaccination. Consider Bordatella if not yet Rabies Vaccination Flea & Parasite prevention  YEARLY Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – DHPP Vaccination for at risk dogs- Bordetella/Leptospirosis/Lyme disease Year-round Flea, Parasite prevention Rabies Vaccination Rabies is one of the core vaccines because it is a very dangerous disease. Rabies vaccination can be started when puppy is over 12 weeks old, then need to be boosted after a year. After the second boost vaccination, rabies can be revaccinated every 3 years. Recommended: Wellness blood testing can be done at this time to screen for tickborne diseases depending on your lifestyle and geographic area.
cat_cutout_by_swifthawk-d346ybv 6  WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – FVCRP (1st) Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia Fecal analysis for parasites (if at risk) Flea & Parasite prevention 9-10 WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – FVCRP (2nd) Vaccination – Leukemia (started when cat is over 9 weeks old) Flea & Parasite prevention 12-13 WEEKS OF AGE Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – FVCRP (3rd) Vaccination- Leukemia Rabies Vaccination Flea & Parasite prevention YEARLY Full physical examination & consultation Vaccination – FVCRP Vaccination – Leukemia Flea & Parasite prevention Rabies Vaccination Rabies is one of the core vaccines because it is a very dangerous disease. Rabies vaccination can be started when puppy is over 12 weeks old, then need to be boosted after a year. After the second boost vaccination, rabies can be revaccinated every 3 years. Recommended: Wellness blood testing can be done at this time to screen for tickborne diseases depending on your lifestyle and geographic area.