Vaccines

This is the Vaccine Protocol For Calabasas Veterinary Center:

Puppies receive vaccines at 8 weeks old, 12 weeks old, and 16 weeks of age.

If a puppy starts vaccines at 12 weeks of age or older, it only need two sets of vaccines. If a puppy starts vaccines before the age of 8 weeks, those vaccines do not count. They still need the series of three vaccines.

The Vaccines Are:

DHP-P at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks of age.

  • Boosters are due a year later.

Coronavirus vaccine at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age.

  • Recommended for ALL puppies under one year of age.
  • After the first year, this vaccine is elective. For strictly backyard dogs, it is probably not needed. For dogs that go on walks and visit parks, it is recommended. Although Coronavirus is seldom a serious disease in dogs, its prevention is recommended considering that dogs with other diseases such as parasitism can become very ill if coronavirus is added to their parasite burden.
  • Also, Coronavirus infections in people, especially children, may be very serious. Since dogs sniff butts and poop, and lick people, the potential for transmission of Coronavirus transmission to people is real.

*I recommend Coronavirus vaccination of the family dogs for all families with young children regardless if the dog is a backyard dog or not.

Bordetella, using the intranasal, given twice, 3-4 weeks apart when they are 8 weeks of age or older.

  • There is no such thing as “kennel cough”. Kids get coughs and infections from other kids, and we don’t call it “school cough”, or “day care cough”. Two miniature pincers came down with severe Bordetella infection requiring hospitalization for both of them, and they NEVER EVER LEAVE THEIR HOUSE. Both dogs defacate and pee on newspapers on the balcony of a three story condo. It is important to realize that bacteria and viruses come to every house with the water meter reader, the electric meter reader, the gas meter reader, UPS/Fedex/US Mail delivery persons, gardeners, water delivery people, pool man, visitors, and on the bottom of the owner’s own shoes.
  • There is no such thing as a closed environment in this day and age.

Rabies at 4 months of age or older.

  • Duration of this vaccine is one year when given to dogs under one year of age.
  • Dogs over one year of age get three years of protection from Rabies immunization.

Other vaccines:

  • Rattlesnake

Great vaccines for dogs living in areas where there are snakes/ticks and animals that go hiking. Need an initial vaccine and a booster one month later. Boosters yearly.

  • FVRCP at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks of age.
  • FeLV vaccine at 12 weeks of age and 16 weeks of age Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age.
  • ALL KITTENS NEED A FeLV/FIV test (test for feline AIDS and Feline Leukemia Virus)!

Lastly – All Puppies and Kittens Should Receive a Microchip!