Protecting Pets with Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Reno, NV Vaccines are a pet’s best defense against infection. At Damonte Ranch Animal Hospital, we create tailored vaccine plans for all dogs and cats to meet their individual needs. We do not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all plan where every pet receives the same vaccines, because this could actually prove detrimental to their health. Over-vaccinating is a legitimate concern we share with many pet parents, which is why we take the time to learn about your pet and develop a treatment plan that gives them the most protection with the lowest risk of side effects. Your pet might be overdue for their vaccinations. Call us today at (775) 852-8522 to schedule an appointment. (775) 852-8522 Our Core and Optional Cat and Dog Vaccines Core vaccines are those we recommend for the health and safety of all pets. These include: Rabies DA2PP (dogs) FVRCP (cats) Optional or non-core vaccines are those we give based on lifestyle and level of risk, and include: Bordetella/kennel cough (dogs) Lyme (dogs) Leptospirosis (dogs) Canine influenza (dogs) Rattlesnake vaccine (dogs) Feline leukemia vaccine (cats) For example, if we determine together that your dog will not be at risk for kennel cough anytime soon, we will not recommend giving them the kennel cough vaccine. However, if you do choose to board your pet or take them to the dog park in the not-so-distant future, they will need to get the kennel cough vaccine, as their risk for infection will greatly increase. Recommended Vaccine Schedules for Puppies and Kittens Puppies and kittens both need to start building up their disease immunity at an early age. Puppies 7-8 weeks: Receive first DA2PP vaccine every 3-4 weeks, through 18-20 weeks of age (due to high risk of parvo in our area) 10-12 weeks: Receive an oral Bordetella vaccine that we give annually, or, depending on your pet's lifestyle, every 6 months 18-20 weeks: Receive rabies vaccine Kittens 7-8 weeks: Receive first FVRCP vaccine, and get booster shot every 3-4 weeks until 4 months of age 10-12 weeks: If needed, receive 2 feline leukemia vaccine boosters 3-4 weeks apart (recommended for indoor/outdoor cats and cats in multi-cat households) 16-20 weeks: Receive rabies vaccine To reduce the risk of vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas in cats, our hospital uses non-adjuvanted vaccines. Adjuvants are intended to generate an immune system response when injected, but have been found to be unsafe for cats. Along with the added safety of our vaccines, they are also just as effective in their ability to increase immunity, prevent illness, and minimize illness symptoms. If you have any questions about the safety of our vaccines and which ones your pet will need for their health, give us a call at (775) 852-8522.