FAQ about Vaccinations

What vaccinations does my pet need?

There is no “one size fits all” vaccination protocol. If you have a puppy or kitten, they should start core immunizations and deworming at 6 weeks of age. Boosters are usually given every 3-4 weeks until the pet reaches 4 months of age. Until then, do not let them come in contact with other pets that you are not sure are vaccinated (for example taking them to the dog park).



For dogs or cats over 4 months of age that have not had vaccinations in the past year (or you are unsure of their vaccination status) it is a good idea to have a health check and talk to us about vaccination and testing. Core vaccines usually need annual or triennial boosters. There are other vaccinations that are optional and we are happy to talk to you about them based on your pet’s individual needs.
A current rabies vaccination is required by California law for all dogs over 4 months of age. Although it is not required by law, rabies vaccination for cats is recommended. Rabies is prevalent in bats and skunks in California and there are many documented cases in pets each year. For more detailed information about Rabies, click here for an article by the CA Dept. of Public Health.