Puppies and kittens should have their first exam and vaccines at 6 weeks of age. Many vaccines on the market today are unnecessary to most pet’s needs. Clarksville Veterinary Clinic recommends the following vaccines for your pet’s specific needs and nothing more!
All dogs are recommended to have Distemper-Hepatitis- Adenovirus-Leptospirosis-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus (DHLPP) vaccination at 6 weeks of age, with boosters given every 3 weeks until they are 4 months old and then boostered according to each individual’s needs as determined by the veterinarian.
All cats are recommended to have Feline Distemper-Rhinotracheitis-Caliciviris-Chlamydia- Panleukopenia (FRCCP) vaccination starting at 6 weeks of age with boosters given every 3 weeks until they are 3 months old and then yearly afterward or as determined by the veterinarian. Cats that go outdoors or have contact with other cats should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia (FELV). All kittens and unvaccinated cats should be tested for FELV and FIV before vaccinating. Infections that these vaccines prevent are common and often fatal and can be contracted even if your dog or cat lives primarily indoors!
Rabies vaccines are required in dogs and cats by 16 weeks (4 months) of age, and can be given as early as 12 weeks of age. A booster is given at 1 year, and then every 3 years afterward. Rabies occurs in wild animals in this area and is highly contagious and fatal to domestic animals and humans!
Fecal Exams, Deworming & Heartworm
Puppies and kittens will also have fecal exams and deworming at their first 2 visits and then yearly fecal exams. Intestinal parasites can cause serious
illness and affect your pet’s overall health. Some can even be transmitted to humans! Dogs 7 months of age and older should be tested yearly for heartworms and put on heartworm preventative year round.