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Pet Vaccinations

When should you vaccinate your puppy or kitten?

Our requirements apply to *age-appropriate* immunizations. Puppies and kittens normally aren’t vaccinated for rabies until they’re four months old, so we realize that he or she wouldn’t have been vaccinated for rabies yet if they’re younger than that. Puppies/kittens not yet vaccinated for rabies must be at least 12 weeks old or have two sets of puppy or kitten boosters to attend the event.

What if you have an adult dog or cat?

We will perform a physical exam (healthy exam) and administer a 7 way vaccination including the rabies shots. by law, the rabies vaccine must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Did you know by law, the rabies vaccine must be administered by a licensed veterinarian?

We can administer a rabies vaccination but a physical exam is required.

Recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the dog, the potential of the dog to be exposed to the disease, the type of vaccine, whether the dog is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the dog lives or may visit.

*A combination vaccine, often called a 5-way vaccine, usually includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, canine distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Some combination vaccines may also include leptospirosis (7-way vaccines) and/or coronavirus. The inclusion of either canine adenovirus-1 or adenovirus-2 in a vaccine will protect against both adenovirus cough and hepatitis; adenovirus-2 is highly preferred.

**Some puppies may need additional vaccinations against parvovirus after 15 weeks of age. Consult with your local veterinarian.

Bordetella and para-influenza: For complete canine cough protection, we recommend Intra-Trac III ADT. For dogs that are shown, in field trials, or are boarded, we recommend vaccination every six to twelve months with Intra-Trac III ADT.

5 Weeks Parvovirus: For puppies at high risk. Check with your veterinarian.
6 & 9 Weeks Combination vaccine* without leptospirosis.Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.
12 weeks or older Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law).
12 & 15 Weeks** Combination vaccine*Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.

Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Adult Combination vaccine*Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Coronavirus: where coronavirus is a concern.

Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (time interval between vaccinations may vary according to local law).

Contact Balsam Animal Hospital PA today at 828-452-1868