Protecting Central Maine's Pets with Cat and Dog Vaccinations
Vaccines equip dogs and cats with essential protection against a variety of different diseases, including rabies, parvo, and kennel cough. At Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan, ME, we take a personalized approach and get to know your pet before recommending vaccines. There are specific core vaccines that benefit virtually every pet, and then there are lifestyle-based vaccines we administer based on your pet's degree of risk. To prevent over-vaccination, we only give your pet the vaccinations they truly need to live their healthiest life.
Vaccines make it easier to protect your pet from unseen threats. Reach out to see what they’ll need to stay healthy.
Our Core and Lifestyle-based Dog and Cat Vaccines
The vaccines we recommend for dogs and cats are:
- DHLPP (combination vaccine that immunizes against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
- Kennel cough
- Canine influenza
- FVRCP (combination vaccine that immunizes against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)
- Feline leukemia
Recommended Vaccine Schedules
By 6-8 weeks old, puppies and kittens lose the antibodies they received from their mother’s milk. To help them stay protected during this vulnerable stage, we strongly suggest bringing in your pet for their first booster shot.
- 6 weeks: DHPP #1, fecal exam and deworming
- 9 weeks: DHLPP #2 and Lyme #1
- 12 weeks: DHLPP #3, Lyme #2, and Rabies
- 16 weeks: DHPP final, and Parvo
- 6 weeks: FVRCP #1
- 9 weeks: FVRCP #2 and FLV #1
- 12 weeks: FVRCP #3, FLV #2 (if needed), and Rabies
- Repeat DHLPP, Rabies, Lyme, and Leptospirosis vaccine after one year. The DHPP vaccine is then effective for 3 years, Rabies for 3 years, and Lyme and Lepto for 1 year.
- It is highly recommended that your dog also come in yearly for their heartworm, fecal, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis tests.
- Repeat the FVRCP, Rabies, and FLV (if needed) after one year.
- The FVRCP is then effective for 2 years, and the Rabies and FLV vaccines are given yearly.
- Highly recommend a yearly fecal exam.