Puppy and Kitten Vaccines – What and When?

Puppies (first injection from 8 weeks of age)                      kitten and puuppy at allport vets

Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, Leptosporosis – all of  these are the serious and often fatal diseases we vaccinate against.

We give the first injection from 8 weeks old and the second two to four weeks later.  The pup must be at least 10 weeks old at the time of the second injection.  (Puppies can be vaccinated from 6 weeks in some circumstances).
Onset of immunity (ie when they can go out in public !) is from two weeks after the second injection.
Annual boosters are recommended and we will send reminders each year.

Kennel Cough – a non-fatal disease but one that can cause an unpleasant cough that can last for weeks and is highly contagious to other dogs.

We usually consider Kennel cough Vaccine associated with a stay in kennels but for pups it’s a consideration if you plan to attend training classes, mainly because of the contagious nature of the disease. Certainly, this can be discussed during the course of the above Primary Vaccinations and either done at that time or planned for a later date – it’s completely flexible.

Kittens (first injection from 9 weeks of age)

We give the first injection from 9 weeks old and the second three weeks later.
We recommend vaccinating your cat against  cat ‘flu, & feline enteritis and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). FeLV is a fatal virus spread by close contact with other cats.  If your cat never goes out and will never go out in the future, you may vaccinate for flu and enteritis only (this is the requirement for going into a cattery).
Onset of immunity (when your cat can go out and about) is 1 week after the second injection.  However, consider keeping your kitten indoors until he/she has been neutered at around 5-6 months old.
Annual boosters are recommended and we will send reminders each year.