Puppies and kittens get important antibodies from their mothers while nursing. But once they are weaned, they start to lose these antibodies and become more vulnerable to infection. At Kenosha Animal Hospital, we recommend starting cat or dog vaccinations as early as 6-8 weeks old, if possible. Starting your pet’s vaccines early gives them time to build up their disease immunity and maintain a stronger defense as they grow up. Plus, it gives them the protection they sorely need in their first year of life.
Make sure your pet gets the best start.
Core (Essential) and Non-Core (Optional)
Cat and Dog Vaccines
Your pet’s vaccination program is tailored to fit their needs. This ensures that they have the fullest protection possible, with little to no risk of being over-vaccinated. The cat and dog vaccines we carry at our hospital fall into two categories; core and non-core.
Core vaccines usually include:
- Rabies (for dogs and cats)
- DHPP (for dogs)
- FVRCP (for cats)
Our core vaccines offer necessary protection against highly fatal diseases and can keep them from spreading from pet to pet.
Non-core vaccines are given to pets that are more at risk for certain illnesses than others. These vaccines include:
- Kennel cough/Bordetella (for dogs)
- Feline leukemia (for cats)
- Lyme (for dogs)
- Leptospirosis (for dogs)