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Pet Vaccinations
& Heartworm Treatment from Northgate Animal Hospital

Pet Vaccinations

As medical professionals, we know it is far easier to vaccinate to prevent diseases than it is to try to treat the illnesses. While not every dog or cat needs every vaccine, there are core vaccinations that every pet needs depending upon that pet’s environment. Our veterinarians will examine your pet and make recommendations as to which vaccinations your pet should receive, depending upon certain factors such as your pet’s age, health, prior vaccinations, potential exposure to diseases, and your pet’s lifestyle.

In addition, all kittens and puppies should receive a series of vaccines during their first year to ensure they are adequately protected from disease.

Vaccines Recommended for All Dogs

DHPP—Distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/parvovirus

  • Start vaccines at 6–7 weeks
  • Repeat vaccine every 3 weeks until 15–16 weeks of age (certain breeds such as Labradors and Staffordshire terriers will receive an additional vaccine at 19–20 weeks due to high-risk exposure)
  • Booster yearly

Bordetella—Respiratory disease

  • Start vaccination at 9 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccine in 3 weeks
  • Booster vaccine every 6 months thereafter

Leptospirosis—For pets exposed to water or soil containing bacterial leptospires

  • Start vaccination at 12 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccination in 3 weeks
  • Booster yearly

Rabies—Required by the State of North Carolina

  • First vaccine at 16 weeks of age
  • Booster at 1 year and every 3 years thereafter

Heartworm

  • First heartworm test at 1 year of age
  • Heartworm prevention medication should be given every month, starting as a puppy, and continued for the life of your pet
  • Heartworm testing will be performed yearly

Additional Dog Vaccines

Please ask your veterinarian about your pet’s risks to these other diseases.

Lyme—For pets that may be exposed to ticks carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi

  • Start vaccination at 12 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccination in 3 weeks
  • Booster yearly

Canine influenza/H3N8 Virus—For dogs that go to boarding facilities, doggie day care, grooming facilities, dog parks, and so on

  • Start vaccination at 12 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccination in 3 weeks
  • Booster vaccine yearly

Vaccines Recommended for All Cats

FVRCP/feline distemper—Feline herpes, calicivirus, panleukopenia

  • Start vaccination at 6–8 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccination every 3 weeks until 12–14 weeks of age
  • Booster yearly

Rabies—Required by the State of North Carolina

  • First vaccination is 16 weeks of age
  • Booster at 1 year and every 3 years thereafter

FeLV/FIV test (feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus)

  • Recommended for all kittens and cats that have never been tested

Additional Cat Vaccine

This vaccine is only recommended for kittens and cats that go outside.

FeLV-feline leukemia

  • First vaccination at 9 weeks of age
  • Repeat vaccination at 12 weeks of age
  • Booster yearly

Northgate Animal Hospital gives all pets a physical examination prior to receiving vaccinations. Pets with illnesses, organ problems, or parasites may not be able to respond properly to the vaccines or they may not work as well under those circumstances. Some vaccines may even be harmful to an animal with existing health problems. We may recommend fecal examinations, blood screening, or other laboratory tests to be certain your pet is in good health before vaccinating.

Feel free to discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding vaccines at your pet’s next visit. We welcome the opportunity to guide you in the development of your pet’s preventive care plan.

Read more about vaccines in these articles from the AAHA Healthy Pet website:

The WebMD Pet Health Center offers these informative articles from their website: