Vaccinations

We use the University of California-Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital vaccination recommendations in structuring our vaccine protocols.

Recommended Canine Vaccines

Puppies:

DAP Vaccine (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus)

The DAP series is started between 6 and 9 weeks of age and boosters are given every 2 -3 weeks until the puppy is 20 weeks of age. Puppies starting their DAP series late (at or after 12 weeks) will be given their first injection followed by a second injection 3-4 weeks later. The DAP vaccine will then be boosted in 1 year and then every 3 years.

Bordetella (bronchiseptica)

Bordetella is recommended for dogs that are exposed to large numbers of other dogs or to dogs in enclosed environments. Dogs that spend time at boarding kennels, grooming facilities, obedience classes, agility trials or dog parks should receive this anual vaccination. This vaccine should be given at least two weeks prior to the expected exposure. For puppies, we recommend vaccination at 12 weeks, then every 6-12 months after.

Rabies Vaccine

Puppies must be at least 16 weeks of age (4 months) to receive the rabies vaccine. This vaccine is then boosted in 1 year and then every 3 years.

Adult Canine:

DAP (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus)

If your dog has received the recommended puppy DAP series (see above) then they will need the DAP vaccine boosted 1 year after the last booster in the puppy series and then every 3 years thereafter. If you have a new dog and are unsure of his/her vaccine history a DAP vaccine is recommended followed by DAP boosters 3-4 weeks later, at 1 year and then every 3 years.

Rabies Vaccine

Adult canines who received a rabies vaccination at or after 16 weeks of age must receive a rabies booster 1 year after the initial rabies vaccine then every 3 years thereafter. Again, if you are unsure of a new pet’s vaccination history we recommend a rabies vaccine with a rabies booster 1 year later then every 3 years.

Bordetella (bronchiseptica)

Bordetella is recommended for dogs that are exposed to large numbers of other dogs or to dogs in enclosed environments. Dogs that spend time at boarding kennels, grooming facilities, obedience classes, agility trials or dog parks should receive this anual vaccination. This vaccine should be given at least two weeks prior to the expected exposure. We recommend a bordatella vaccine every 6 months to a year.

Recommended Feline Vaccines

Kittens:

PRC

The PRC vaccine series should be started between 6 and 9 weeks of age and be boosted every 3 to 4 weeks until 12-14 weeks of age. PRC will then be boosted in 1 year and every 3 years thereafter.

Rabies Vaccine

Kittens must be at least 12 weeks old to receive a rabies vaccine. A booster is necessary after one year and then every 3 years thereafter.

Adult Feline:

PRC

If your cat has received the recommended vaccine series as a kitten, they will need the PRC vaccine boosted 1 year after the last kitten PRC and then every 3 years thereafter. If you have a cat with an unknown vaccine history it is recommended the cat receive the PRC vaccine with boosters 3-4 weeks later, 1 year later and then every 3 years thereafter.

Rabies

Cats who have received their rabies vaccination as a kitten will be boosted 1 year after the initial vaccine and then every 3 years thereafter. If you are unsure of a pet’s vaccination history we recommend administration of the rabies vaccine with boosters 1 year later and then every 3 years thereafter.

Leukemia

The Feline Leukemia vaccine is recommended for cats in multiple cat household or for cats that spend any time outside. This vaccine is given in 2 doses given 2-3 weeks apart. The cat must be 9 weeks of age or older to start this series. This vaccine must be boosted yearly. Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency testing is recommended for all new kittens or cats entering your household.

Any other vaccines you may have heard about are considered non-core vaccines for the Truckee area. These vaccines, such as leptosporosis or lyme disease, are given on a case by case basis. The need for these vaccines depends on your pet's risk of exposure to these diseases and can be discussed with your Sierra Pet Clinic veterinarian.

The vaccines given at Sierra Pet Clinic are extremely safe and reliable. While severe reactions to these vaccinations are rare it is not unusual for your puppy, kitten, dog or cat to be a little sleepy or sore or have a small swelling at the injection site. These reactions are typically self-limiting and go away within a short period of time. If you should notice any other reactions within the 24-hour period following a vaccination please contact Sierra Pet Clinic promptly so we can try to determine whether or not the reaction is something we need to be concerned about.

Vaccinations