Dog and Cat Vaccinations - Petaluma Veterinary Hospital


When to vaccinate?
Puppies and kittens are usually protected from infectious diseases by their mother’s milk provided she has been adequately vaccinated. However this protection only lasts for a short while.

  • Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated at about 8 weeks of age, then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
  • Boosters should be given 12 months after the date of the final vaccinations.
  • If you have an older pet then your veterinarian will be able to advise the correct vaccination protocol that you should follow.

Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:

  • Canine distemper
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Infectious canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies virus

A specific vaccination plan will be developed for your dog based on AAHA guidelines. Factors such as age, breed, health, lifestyle and location will be considered. For example, If your dog will be spending time in kennels or dog parks we will talk with you vaccination against Influenza and Bordetella.

Cats should be routinely vaccinated against:
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline herpes virus
  • Feline rhinotachectis
  • Feline leukemia virus
  • Rabies virus
(Current guidelines recommend that only ‘at risk’ cats are vaccinated against feline leukemia virus. Those deemed at risk include kittens and immune-compromised cats).