Dog/Cat Vaccination Guidelines


Core Vaccines

Rabies – Required by the State and County 

  • 1st vaccine is always labeled for 1 year
  • Subsequent vaccines labeled for 3 years

DHPP Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza

  • Recommend boosting yearly after initial series (see puppy vaccination guidelines)

“Puppy Shots” –  The best treatment is Prevention

  • All puppies should begin vaccinations (DHPP) between 6 and 8 weeks of age
  • Boosters given every 3-4 weeks until reaching 16 weeks of age
  • Rabies vaccine (1 year) typically given with last booster
  • Puppies should not visit other unknown dogs or areas where others dogs have been until they have completed their entire vaccination series

Non-Core Vaccines (optional vaccines for at-risk dogs) 

Bordetella“Kennel Cough” vaccine, for Bordetella bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza

  • For dogs who are in contact with other dogs of unknown vaccination status: boarding, grooming, dog park, etc.
  • Boost every yearly

CrotalusRattlesnake vaccine

  • Developed for the Western Diamondback, this vaccine also offers cross-protection for Western Rattlesnake species, Sidewinder, Copperhead, and others
  • Initial series includes 2 vaccines, 4 weeks apart, then boost every 6 to 12 months based on risk
  • Ideally, dogs should receive their booster or finish their vaccine series 1 month before the start of Rattlesnake season (April – November)


  • For at risk dogs; dogs with access to farm animals, wildlife, and/or stagnant water, etc.
  • Series of 2 vaccines given 3-4 weeks apart beginning after 12 weeks of age
  • Boost yearly 


Core Vaccines 

Rabies – Required by the State and County

  • 1st vaccine is always labeled for 1 year
  • Subsequent vaccines labeled for 3 years
  • Some combination feline vaccines contain only 1 year Rabies

FVRCP – Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (feline Distemper)

  • Recommend boosting yearly after initial series (see kitten vaccination guidelines)


  • Kittens should receive their first vaccinations (FVRCP) between 8 and 10 weeks of age
  • Booster given 4 weeks after initial vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine typically given with booster 

Non-Core Vaccines (optional vaccines for at-risk cats) 

Feline Leukemia Virus

  • For cats with access to the outdoors or have contact with other unknown cats
  • Initial series of 2 vaccines, 3-4 weeks apart
  • Boost every 2 years 
  • Recommend Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus testing before use