All Pets Veterinary Clinic




VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS


Vaccinations are an important part of preventative health. Annual vaccination
programs allow for animals to be protected against many serious illnesses.
The following list is not a complete list of all vaccinations available.
It is, however, a general list of the most commonly recommended vaccinations.
Vaccination protocols are often tailored towards each individual animal.
For more specific information or for a recommendation for your pet, please
contact our office.

CANINE VACCINATIONS
Canine Distemper
A combination vaccine that provides protection against canine distemper, Adenovirus,
Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza virus. Some distemper vaccines also protect
against Coronavirus and Leptospirosis.
Recommendation: Puppies should be vaccinated at least 3 times, 3-4 weeks apart,
starting at age 7-8 weeks of age. Adult dogs should be vaccinated annually after
completion of the intial series of vaccines.


Bordetella
A single vaccination that provides protection against Bordetella, a bacteria that
contributes to kennel cough.
Recommendation: All dogs should be vaccinated annually. Dogs especially
at risk for Bordetella infection include dogs that are around other dogs
on a regular basis. Higher risk situations include: boarding, grooming, obedience
class participation, and dog show participation.


Rabies
A single vaccination that provides protection against Rabies virus. County and
state laws vary and determine the recommendation for vaccination.
Recommendation (McDonough County, Illinois): Puppies should first be
vaccinated at age 4 months. A second, annual vaccination should be given 1 year
later (age 1 year and 4 months). Rabies vaccinations are then given every 3 years.


Lyme Disease
A single vaccination that provides protection against Lyme disease, a disease
carried by ticks.
Recommendation: Dogs at high risk for tick bites or dogs that travel to areas
that are endemic for Lyme disease should receive an inital series of two
vaccines three weeks apart. The vaccine is then boostered annually.


Other vaccinations are available but are not recommended for general
preventative health protocols.





FELINE VACCINATIONS
Feline Distemper
A combination vaccine that provides protection against rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus,
pancytopenia (feline distemper), and Chlamydia.
Recommendation: Kittens should be vaccinated 3 times, 3-4 weeks apart,
starting at age 6-7 weeks. Adult cats should be vaccinated annually after
completion of the inital series of vaccines.


Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
A vaccine that provides protection against Feline Leukemia virus. This vaccine
is often found in combination with feline distemper vaccinations.
Recommendation: Kittens at risk should be vaccinated twice, 3-4 weeks apart
starting at age 6-7 weeks. Adult cats should then be vaccinated annually
after the intial series.


Rabies
A single vaccination that provides protection against Rabies virus. County and
state laws vary and may determine the recommendations for vaccination.
Recommendation: Kittens should be vaccinated at age 4 months. Cats should
be vaccinated annually after age 1.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
A single vaccination that provides protection against FIP.
Recommendation: Cats at high risk (cats that spend time outdoors) should
be vaccinated annually for FIP.


Feline Infectious Viremia (FIV)
A new, single vaccination that provides protection against FIV.
Recommendation: Cats at high risk (cats that spend time outdoors) should
be vaccinated for FIV. The inital series should be given three times, 2-3
weeks apart. The vaccination is then boostered annually.


Other vaccinations are available but are not recommended for general
preventative health protocols.





Karen Blakeley, DVM, MPH
28 November 2002