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Oct 07 2016

Veterinary Care in Clifton Park for Your Puppy or Kitten

Here at Clifton Park Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarian is dedicated to helping your pet stay healthy from baby or senior, and that means that we offer core and non-core vaccines for puppies and kittens. Core vaccines are recommended for all pets, while non-core vaccines are only recommended for pets that are deemed high-risk. Our veterinarian can help determine which vaccinations your pet needs and a vaccination schedule.

Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy vaccinations should be started between the ages of six and eight weeks or as soon as your puppy has stopped nursing. Your new pet’s first round of shots should include distemper and parainfluenza. At 10 to 12 weeks of age, your pet can receive the DHPP vaccine, which includes distemper, adenovirus, parvo and a booster for parainfluenza.

When your new pet reaches three months of age, he or she should get a rabies vaccination. An additional booster for DHPP is usually given at four months of age, and a rabies booster should be administered 12 months after the initial rabies vaccine.

After your puppy receives all of his or her initial vaccinations, boosters for DHPP will be needed annual. Rabies vaccines can be given every one to three years, depending on the type of vaccine administered.

Kitten Vaccinations

Kittens should start receiving their core vaccinations between six and eight weeks of age or as soon as they have stopped nursing. Core kitten vaccinations include rabies, feline distemper, feline herpes and calicivirus.

After the initial round of vaccinations, your kitty will need additional boosters for feline distemper, herpes and calicivirus, which are usually given every three to four weeks until your new pet is four months old. The rabies booster is given 12 months after the initial dose.

To schedule your new pet’s first appointment with our veterinarian in Clifton Park, call us at


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