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Posted on 02-02-2018

When to Vaccinate Your Puppy or Kitten in Charlotte, NC

Whether you've just adopted a puppy/kitten or plan to do so in the future, preparing for the upcoming cat or dog vaccinations your new pet will need is a must. Our Charlotte, NC vet here at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital is happy to offer all the vaccines your pet needs at all stages of life, in addition to wide range of comprehensive health and wellness services.

Kittens ready for vaccinations.

Schedule for Puppy Vaccinations

Not sure which puppy vaccinations your new pup needs? Start by checking his or her adoption paperwork to see which vaccines have already been done and which are about to be due. If you don't have these records or if your puppy has not yet been vaccinated, the recommended vaccinations for puppies are generally as follows:

  • panleukopenia
  • canine distemper
  • canine hepatitis
  • bordetella
  • canine parainfluenza
  • leptospirosis
  • parvovirus
  • rabies
  • Lyme disease

Our veterinarian will be able to review with you the specific vaccination schedule recommended for your puppy based on his or her age, past vaccination history (if applicable), and any unique risk factors that may apply to your pet. We can then provide you with an updated vaccination schedule so you'll know which dog vaccinations will be required in the future as your pup grows! For example, dogs should generally be re-vaccinated for rabies and DHPP (lepto, Lyme disease, and bordetella) every one to three years for maximum protection.

Schedule for Kitten Vaccinations

What about your new kitten? Again, if you adopted your kitten from a reputable shelter, you should receive vaccination paperwork along with your adoption documentation; this should help you get a better idea of which vaccinations have already been administered versus which are still needed. Some of the basic kitten vaccinations recommended are as follows:

  • panleukopenia
  • feline distemper
  • feline leukemia
  • calicivirus and rhinotracheitis
  • rabies

Depending on your cat's risk factors, additional vaccinations for giardia, bordetella, and FIV may also be recommended. As your cat ages, regular adult boosters for feline leukemia and rabies may also be recommended by our vet every one to three years. Again, we will be able to provide you with a schedule of upcoming vaccination recommendations after your cat's first appointment with us so you can stay up-to-date on all your pet's vaccination needs!

Schedule Dog and Cat Vaccinations with Us Today!

If you have any questions about dog or cat vaccinations, or if you would like to schedule your new pet's first appointment with our veterinary team, we invite you to give our office a call at (704) 278-8000 today.

The Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital team looks forward to serving you and your new pet

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