Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Leesburg, VA

At Leesburg Veterinary Hospital, we realize that vaccines can be a tricky subject. There are plenty of questions regarding what cat and dog vaccinations do, how often your pet needs them, and if they’re even a necessity at all (they are!). At LVH, we're here to clear things up. It’s important to remember that not all vaccines are required for every pet. We customize a personal vaccine plan for each individual based on their unique needs.

Is Your Pet Due for a Vaccine Booster?

How Do Pet Vaccines Work?

Vaccines are actually made from the very disease they protect against. A small amount of the virus or bacteria is chemically altered so that it stimulates the body’s immune system without actually making your pet sick. Antibodies will react to the vaccine’s altered virus and will remember their response. In the future, if your pet comes in contact with the virus, their immune system will react immediately to suppress the virus causing little to no symptoms.

Sticking to a Vaccine Schedule

In time, cat and dog vaccines lose their efficacy and your pet’s immunity weakens. That’s why regular boosters are an important part of your pet’s routine wellness care. Different vaccines, however, are on different schedules. Additionally, not all pets need all vaccines—while some are required (called core vaccines), others are only recommended depending on your pet’s level of risk (noncore vaccines).  We’ll design an individual vaccine plan for your pet based on their needs.

Cat and Dog Vaccinations in Leesburg, VA
Core Vaccines for Dogs
  • Rabies
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
    • First of a series of three: administered between 8-10 weeks of age
    • Second of series: between 12-14 weeks
    • Third of series: between 16-18 weeks
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
Core Vaccines for Cats
  • Rabies
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 1 or 3 years thereafter, determined by your veterinarian
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)
    • First of a series of three: administered between 8-10 weeks of age
    • Second of series: between 12-14 weeks
    • Third of series: between 16-18 weeks
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
Core Vaccines for Dogs
  • Rabies
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza)
    • First of a series of three: administered between 8-10 weeks of age
    • Second of series: between 12-14 weeks
    • Third of series: between 16-18 weeks
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
Core Vaccines for Cats
  • Rabies
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 1 or 3 years thereafter, determined by your veterinarian
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)
    • First of a series of three: administered between 8-10 weeks of age
    • Second of series: between 12-14 weeks
    • Third of series: between 16-18 weeks
    • Booster at 1-year exam
    • Every 3 years thereafter
Noncore Vaccines for Dogs
  • Leptospirosis, recommended for dogs frequently outdoors
    • First administered (with DHPP) between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster administered (with final DHPP) between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter
  • Lyme, highly recommended for every dog
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster administered between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter
  • Bordetella (kennel cough), recommended for dogs who frequent boarders, groomers, or dog parks

For puppies:

  • First administered between 8-10 weeks of age (as an intranasal)
  • Booster between 12-14 weeks (as an injection)
  • Every 6 months thereafter, as long as risk is high

For adults:

  • A series of two injectable vaccines, 2 weeks apart
  • Every 6 months thereafter, as long as risk is high
Noncore Vaccines for Cats
  • Feline Leukemia, strongly recommended for all cats who spend time outdoors
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Second between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter
Noncore Vaccines for Dogs
  • Leptospirosis, recommended for dogs frequently outdoors
    • First administered (with DHPP) between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster administered (with final DHPP) between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter
  • Lyme, highly recommended for every dog
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Booster administered between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter
  • Bordetella (kennel cough), recommended for dogs who frequent boarders, groomers, or dog parks

For puppies:

  • First administered between 8-10 weeks of age (as an intranasal)
  • Booster between 12-14 weeks (as an injection)
  • Every 6 months thereafter, as long as risk is high

For adults:

  • A series of two injectable vaccines, 2 weeks apart
  • Every 6 months thereafter, as long as risk is high
Noncore Vaccines for Cats
  • Feline Leukemia, strongly recommended for all cats who spend time outdoors
    • First administered between 12-14 weeks of age
    • Second between 16-18 weeks
    • Annually thereafter

Contact Us to Learn More

Want to know more about these cst and dog vaccinations and whether your companion needs them? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment so you can discuss your concerns directly with a veterinarian.

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