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256 Main St

Townsend, MA 01469

978-300-5790

Vaccination Guidelines

Vaccination Guidelines for Dogs and Puppies

CORE VACCINES

PUPPIES or UNVACCINATED DOGS

ADULTS

Distemper (DA2PPV; distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvo) 3 doses between 6 – 16 weeks of age (ex: 8 wk, 12 wk, 16 wk) 1 dose at 1 year of age, then every 3 years (or longer)
Rabies 1 dose at 12 weeks of age and no later than 6 months of age 1 dose 9 to 12 months after puppy dose, then every 3 years *if this dose is more than 1 year after puppy dose, it will need to be boostered in 9 to 12 months according to Massachusetts law

NON-CORE VACCINES

PUPPIES OR UNVACCINATED DOGS

ADULTS, PREVIOUSLY VACCINATED

Lyme  **this should be considered CORE in New England 2 doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart (additional protection can be attained if a third dose is given 6 months later) 1 dose per year
Leptospirosis 2 doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart 1 dose per year (early summer best time to vaccinate as peak exposure season is August – December)
Kennel Cough Intranasal or intraoral: 1 dose at 12 to 16 weeks.Injectable: 2 doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart. 1 dose per year
Canine Influenza Virus 2 doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart 1 dose per year

Vaccination Guidelines for Cats and Kittens

CORE Vaccines

KITTENS or UNVACCINATED CATS

ADULT CATS

Distemper, 3-way(panleukopenia, feline Herpes, Calici)*modified live vaccine 2 or 3 doses between 8 and 16 weeks of age 1 dose one year after kitten series, then 1 dose every 3 years
Rabies (non-adjuvanted recommended) 1 dose at 12 to 16 weeks 1 dose per year
Adjuvanted rabies 1 dose at 12 to 16 weeks 1 dose 9 to 12 months after kitten vaccination, then every 3 years

NON-CORE Vaccine

KITTENS or UNVACCINATED CATS

ADULT CATS

Feline leukemia (non-adjuvanted) 2 doses 3-4 weeks apart 1 dose per year IF there is risk of exposure

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Best Friends Vet Hospital

Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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Thursday:

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Saturday:

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Sunday:

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