Q: What vaccinations are needed for my Dog?
A: That depends on their age.
- DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) 1st 6-8 weeks, 2nd 9-13 weeks 3rd and final 14-16 weeks, then booster at 1 year and then every 3 years – administered via injection
- Bordetella (Protects from one of the causes of kennel cough) – 8 weeks or older, then booster yearly – administered orally
- Leptospirosis (Is a disease picked up from the environment contaminated by sick wildlife. It can be transmitted to humans.) – 11 weeks or older, booster 2 weeks later then yearly – administered via injection
- Rabies (This vaccine is required by the state and needed for registering your new puppy) – 12 weeks or older, then booster at 1 year then every 3 years – administered via injection
- Heartworm Antigen Test (a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and is one of the major health problems of dogs in the United States.) – a small blood draw done between 6-12 months, then checked yearly.
- De-worming and intestinal parasite test (Done at your first visit then checked yearly with a fecal sample.) – 1st De-worming 6-8 weeks, 2nd 9-13 weeks, then checked with intestinal parasite test yearly.
Q: What vaccinations are needed for my Cat?
A: This is also age-dependent.
- FVRCP (Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) – 1st 6-8 weeks, 2nd 9-13 weeks, 3rd and final 14-16 weeks, then booster at 1 year and every 3 years – administered via injection.
- FeLV (Feline leukemia – outdoor cats only – must be 10 weeks old) – 1st 10-13 weeks, 2nd 14-16 weeks, then booster at 1 year and every 3 years – administered via injection.
- Rabies (outdoor cats only) – 14-16 weeks or older, then booster annually – administered via injection
Q: What vaccinations are needed for my Ferret?
A: Do you have an adult ferret or a baby?
For kits (baby ferrets), we recommend the following:
- Distemper at 8, 11, 14 and 17 weeks
- Rabies at 17 weeks
- FeLV/FIV testing – 6-8 weeks, then annually if outdoor
- De-worming and intestinal parasite test: (Done at your first visit then checked yearly with a fecal sample.) – 1st De-worming 6-8 weeks, 2nd 9-13 weeks, 14-16 weeks then checked with intestinal parasite test yearly.
For adult ferrets, we recommend the following:
- Distemper at one year after last kit vaccine, then every year
- Rabies at one year after last kit vaccine, then every year
Q: What do I need to know about Heartworm Testing and Prevention?
A: The incidence of heartworm disease in the city of San Francisco is low, but in the rise. We do, however, recommend heartworm prevention and yearly testing for the following reasons:
- HW is endemic to many parts of the country, so you have peace of mind when traveling
- Lots of HW in the Sierra and Central Valley
- Some HW positive dogs in SF, and we want to keep the disease from establishing itself here
- No medication is 100% effective – so we want to make sure they stay negative.
- Costs and risks of treating a HW positive dog is very high.
Heartgard or Sentinel once a month year round.
Revolution (topical) – they no longer guarantee HW prevention!
For dogs with food allergy, use Revolution
Q: What should I know about FeLV/FIV Testing?
A: We recommend testing all kittens. Those that test positive should be re-tested in 6 months – some will convert to negative. Indoor cats don’t need to be tested again, unless deemed necessary by a doctor. Outdoor cats should be tested yearly, especially since there is no effective vaccine for FIV.
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