Pet Vaccinations for a Long, Healthful Life

Your pet’s health and wellbeing rely on a consistent vaccination schedule. Vaccines protect pets from dangerous, highly contagious diseases by stimulating their immune system to recognize and subdue the virus. At Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, we work with you to determine the appropriate pet vaccinations for you and your family. Not every pet will need every vaccine—your pet’s lifestyle and risk factors play an important role in their vaccination protocol.

Core Pet Vaccinations & When Your Pet Needs Them

While vaccines all protect against different diseases, they run on a similar timeline throughout your pet’s life. As a puppy or kitten, your pet will begin their initial series of vaccinations. It will include the “core” or essential vaccines required for all pets.

For dogs, core vaccines include:

  • DHPP
  • Rabies

For cats, core vaccines include:

  • Rabies

Your pet will receive their first dose of DHPP or FVRCP at about 8 weeks old, and then subsequent doses every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. For rabies, they will receive an initial dose between 12 and 16 weeks of age. After the initial series, your pet will need annual boosters of each vaccine.

Noncore Pet Vaccinations

Noncore vaccinations include those that are not required and depend on your pet’s lifestyle and level of risk of certain diseases.

For dogs, noncore vaccines include:

  • Leptospirosis (for dogs that are frequently outdoors)
  • Bordetella (for those who often board and attend training classes or the dog park)
  • CIV (canine influenza is highly recommended for all dogs but especially pertains to those that are frequently in close quarters with other dogs)
  • Rattlesnake vaccine (for dogs who often hike in the wilderness with their owners)

For cats, noncore vaccines include:

  • Feline Leukemia (for outdoor cats and those who often come in contact with other cats)

The timeline for these vaccines is less consistent but most of them have an initial series of 1-3 doses and then subsequent boosters every year.

Contact Us for Your Pet’s Vaccination Needs

Whether you are welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your family, or your pet is simply due for an annual booster, please contact us today to set up an appointment!


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