Despite controversy over how necessary they may be, vaccinations continue to be a cornerstone in preventive medicine. If your new puppy or kitten was raised by a mother with a strong immune system, they will get some immune protection from maternal antibodies during the first couple days of nursing, but this immunity will wear out by about 6-8 weeks of age. This is why we wait until this age to start our vaccine protocol.

Dr Spooner vaccinating a patient

Dr Spooner administers a vaccine to a patient


Some puppies and kittens will have received a vaccination or two before you bring them in. It’s important to know what these vaccines were and when they were administered so we can make the best recommendations for what additional vaccines may be needed.


The basic vaccines we administer to puppies are:                                                             –

  • Canine Distemper/Parvovirus/Adenovirus (Canine Infectious Hepatitis)
  • Bordetella/Parainfluenza
  • Rabies

The basic vaccines we administer to kittens are:

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpesvirus)/Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)/Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Rabies

Additional vaccines are available to provide protection against other diseases like Lyme Disease, or Leptospirosis. We can discuss whether or not your pet may be at risk of exposure to these diseases and modify the vaccine protocol accordingly. The frequency with which we revaccinate varies according to the manufacturer’s label, and we can further modify the vaccine protocol for your pet depending in its level of risk