Small Animal Vaccination Protocol

Puppies

Puppies should start receiving vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age.  Follow-up boosters and other vaccines should be given every 3-4 weeks until all vaccines are given.  The boosters include a distemper combination (including parvovirus, parainfluenza, coronavirus, leptospirosis, & adenovirus), bordatella (kennel cough), and rabies.  Our puppy series combines these vaccines into a series of four.  When you are making the first appointment for your puppy, be sure to have previous vaccination records with you so Dr. Flanders will know what your puppy needs.  Additionally, Dr. Flanders recommends checking a stool sample and/or deworming the puppy if necessary.

Generally puppies can be spayed or neutered as early as 3-4 months of age.  Consult with Dr. Flanders on the best time to spay or neuter your pet.

Adult Dogs

After puppy vaccinations are finished, most vaccines will be good for one year.  Adult dogs typically need yearly boosters.  The rabies vaccination is required by Indiana law.  Other recommended vaccines should be discussed with Dr. Flanders.

Dr. Flanders recommends yearly heartworm preventative for canines.

Kittens

Kittens should start receiving vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age.  Follow-up boosters and other vaccines should be given every 3-4 weeks until all vaccines are given.  The boosters include a distemper combination (including leukemia, rhinotracheitis, chlamydia, calicivirus, & panleukopenia) and rabies.  Our kitten series combines these vaccines into a series of four.  When you are making the first appointment for your kitten, be sure to have previous vaccination records with you so Dr. Flanders will know what your kitten needs.  Additionally, Dr. Flanders recommends checking a stool sample and/or deworming the kitten if necessary.

Generally kittens can be spayed, neutered, or declawed as early as 3-4 months of age.  Consult with Dr. Flanders on the best time to schedule your kitten for surgery.

Adult Cats

After kitten vaccinations are finished, most vaccines will be good for one year.  Adult cats typically need yearly boosters.  The rabies vaccination is required by Indiana law.  Other recommended vaccines should be discussed with Dr. Flanders.

This is generalized health information from VIP Animal Care.  Consult Dr. Flanders for individual health requirements for your animal(s).

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