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D. Vaccination | Columbia Animal Hospital


Dogs need to be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Parvoviruses, Lymes Disease (see more about Lymes disease below) and Rabies. Pennsylvania State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against Rabies. Puppies need to be vaccinated against these potentially fatal diseases in a three-part series given 3-4 weeks apart starting at 6-8 weeks of age and ending after 16-18 weeks of age. This allows the puppy’s immune system a chance to develop antibodies against these diseases. Mature dogs need annual vaccinations to be sure they maintain a healthy level of immunity.

Cats need to be vaccinated against Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis virus, Calicivirus as well as Rabies. All outside cats should be tested and vaccinated against Feline Leukemia and all kittens under 1 year of age need to be tested for FELV/FIV (Feline Leukemia Virus/Feline Immunodifficiency Virus). Feline vaccinations for kittens are also given as a series and all adult cats need their vaccinations boosted annually.