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Vaccinations for Cats and Dogs

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Staying on top of vaccinations is an essential step to prevent serious transmissible diseases in cats and dogs and helps contribute to your pet’s long and healthy life.

Sploot offers a wide range of core and recommended* vaccines for cats and dogs. Our easy online booking, great appointment availability, and warm and modern clinics make taking care of your pet’s vaccinations easy and stress free.

*Recommended based on breed, lifestyle, and other risk factors.

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Open until 10pm, 365 days a year... same day appointments and urgent-intakes welcome!
Primary and urgent care, under one roof.
Easily book online or text us.
Modern, warm clinics with unlimited free treats.

WHICH VACCINES ARE CRITICAL FOR DOGS AND CATS?

It’s a misconception that core vaccines are the only vaccines that dogs and cats really need. Core vaccines are essential because they are recommended for pets in general. Other vaccines can also be recommended based on a pet’s specific needs and lifestyle.

Dog Vaccines

Core Vaccines
DAPP
6 - 8 weeks
3 - 4 shots 
(2 - 4 weeks  apart with the last vaccine at or after 16 weeks)
Every 1 - 3 years
 (depending on vaccine history)
Rabies
16 weeks
1 shot
(Good for one year)
Every 1 - 3 years
(depending on vaccine history and age)
Recommended Vaccines*
Leptospirosis
12 weeks
2 shots
(2-4 weeks apart)
Yearly
Canine Influenza
12 weeks
(can vary based on DVM recommendation)
2 shots
(2-4 weeks apart)
Yearly
Or every 6 months if at high risk (i.e. boarding or daycare/dog parks)
Bordetella
8 weeks
One vaccine intranasal or orally
Yearly
Lyme Vaccine
12 weeks
2 shots
(2-4 weeks apart)
Yearly
*Generally recommended for dogs in Denver & Chicago.

Cat Vaccines

Core Vaccines
Rabies
16 - 20 weeks
1 shot
(Good for one year)
Every 1 -3 years 
(depending on patient age and vaccine history)
FVRCP
6 - 8 weeks
3 - 4 shots 
(2 - 4 weeks apart, with the last vaccine at or after 16 weeks)
Every 1 -3 years 
(depending on patient age and vaccine history)
Recommended Vaccine*
Feline Leukemia Vaccine
8 - 12 weeks
2 shots
(2-4 weeks apart)
Yearly
*Generally recommended for cats in Denver & Chicago.

MORE ABOUT DOG VACCINES

Core Dog Vaccines

Generally recommended for all dogs.

DAPP Vaccine
Initial shot
at 6 - 8 weeks of age
Protects against
Canine distemper - a viral disease that targets the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system. Symptoms are potentially fatal and survivors often get lifelong complications.
Canine hepatitis - a viral disease that targets the dog’s liver and can potentially turn into a chronic, lifelong medical issue.
Parvovirus - a highly contagious viral, gastrointestinal disease that can cause can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and refusal to eat. Hospitalization is needed for affected pets.
Parainfluenza -  a highly contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory system.
Rabies Vaccine
Initial shot
at 16 weeks of age
Protects against
Rabies, a deadly viral infection with a 99% mortality rate — transmissible amongst dogs, cats, raccoons, bats, foxes, and other wildlife. Rabies is also transmissible to people.

Recommended* Dog Vaccines

*Recommended based on breed, lifestyle, location, and other risk factors.

Bordetella Vaccine
Initial shot
at 8 weeks of age
Protects against
Kennel cough, a disease characterized by a dry hacking cough and is transmissible through airborne droplets to other dogs, cats, and in some cases, humans.
Leptospirosis Vaccine
Initial shot
at 12 weeks of age
Protects against
Leptospirosis, an infectious and potentially fatal bacterial disease that targets the kidney and liver.
Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine
Initial shot
at 12 weeks of age or as recommended by the DVM
Protects against
Canine influenza,  a contagious viral disease that impacts the dog’s respiratory system.
Lyme Disease Vaccine
Initial shot
at 12 weeks of age
Protects against
Lyme disease, a bacterial disease which greatly affects the joints and kidneys - when left untreated, leads to kidney failure, arthritis, neurological issues, and heart problems.

Can’t get enough great information about dog vaccines? Learn more here:

The Ultimate Pet Parent’s Guide to Dog Vaccines

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MORE ABOUT CAT VACCINES

Core Cat Vaccines

Generally recommended for all cats.

FVRCP Vaccine
Initial shot
at 6 - 8 weeks of age
Protects against
Feline distemper or feline panleukopenia - a contagious and life-threatening viral disease that targets multiple systems in the body, including the digestive system, skeletal system, and so on.
Feline herpesvirus infection or feline viral rhinotracheitis - a viral disease that targets the upper respiratory tract and is carried for life.
Feline calicivirus infection - a viral disease that targets the upper respiratory tract and has the potential to be carried for life.
Rabies Vaccine
Initial shot
at 16 - 20 weeks of age
Protects against
Rabies, a deadly viral disease with a 99% mortality rate which is transmissible amongst cats, dogs, raccoons, foxes, bats, and other wildlife. Rabies is also transmissible to people.

Recommended* Cat Vaccines

*Recommended based on breed, lifestyle, location, and other risk factors.

Feline Leukemia Vaccine
Initial shot
at 8 weeks of age
Protects against
Feline leukemia virus infection, a viral disease that targets the immune system and blood-forming tissues. It is known to reduce a cat’s lifespan.

Can’t get enough great information about cat vaccines? Learn more here:

The Ultimate Pet Parent’s Guide to Cat Vaccines

Just got a new kitten? Download our handy guide!

Kittens 101: The Ultimate Pet Parent's Guide

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WHY VACCINATE YOUR PET EARLY?

Vaccinations strengthen your furry friend’s immunity against transmissible disease. Because puppies and kittens are more prone to acquiring diseases and tend to have more serious symptoms than adult pets, early vaccination is strongly recommended.

WHY VACCINATE YOUR PET REGULARLY?

To stay effective - stay regular! The vast majority of vaccines require regular maintenance in order to maintain efficacy. Updated vaccinations ensure that your furry friend’s immune system stays boosted against various diseases. This has the following benefits:

Healthier Life

Your pet will be protected from diseases that have life-threatening symptoms or life-long complications.

Safer Socialization

Your pet will be safer while socializing with other animals or exploring the outdoors.

Avoid Transmission

Pet vaccines help keep you and your family safe because some diseases that vaccines keep away are transmissible to humans.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
VACCINATIONS APPOINTMENTS

For Puppies & Kittens

New puppies and kittens typically don’t need to be checked for existing immunity. They all start with initial shots for all needed vaccines — which are scheduled by the vet depending on their age.

It is essential to follow the schedule for initial shots and their follow-up shots. Several vaccinations require one or more follow up shots, in a specific time frame, to achieve the recommended level of immunity.

For Adult Dogs & Cats With Prior Vaccination

If your pet has previously received vaccinations, the veterinarian will start with checking your pet's vaccination record. Checking for existing immunity may no longer be necessary.

For Adult Dogs & Cats With Missed Shots (or Unclear Vaccination Histories)

For adult pets that have missed vaccinations or those that have unclear vaccination histories, restarting vaccines is a safe option. Another available option is to test the dog's or cat's blood for existing immunity and taking the next steps from there.

WHEN TO SEE A VET FOR CAT OR DOG VACCINATIONS

After getting a puppy or kitten, schedule your first puppy or kitten wellness exam as soon as possible. Our veterinarians will plan out the best vaccination schedule for your young furry friend.

As for adult pets and senior pets, whether you are unsure about your pet’s vaccine history or you know they are due for revaccination, we can help. You can conveniently set an appointment with Sploot in just a few clicks.

Sploot accepts scheduled, same-day, & urgent-intake appointments for cats and dogs of all ages.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do dogs and cats need vaccinations?

Vaccinations are important to protect dogs and cats from various diseases, some of which can have lifelong repercussions or can be fatal.

Are vaccinations required by law?

Some states, like Illinois, have statewide laws regarding rabies vaccination for dogs and cats. Other states, like California, only require dogs to be vaccinated for rabies.

As for states that do not have statewide laws for pet vaccinations, individual municipalities can still have ordinances on the matter. One example of such a state is Colorado (which does not have statewide laws regarding rabies vaccination) — but Denver, Colorado requires dogs and cats to get rabies shots.

When in doubt, make sure to check both the laws in your state and ordinances in your city of residence.

Are there any exemptions to dog and cat vaccination requirements?

Some states and municipalities may allow exemptions to their vaccination requirements for medical reasons. However, these exemptions generally require a veterinarian's certification.

What vaccinations do dogs and cats need?

Dogs and cats require a series of core vaccinations, including vaccinations for rabies, distemper, and etc. Dogs and cats have separate sets of core vaccines that they need.

Depending on the risks that your pet is exposed to, our veterinarians may also recommend other vaccines for Bordetella, canine influenza, leptospirosis, and feline leukemia virus, respectively.

How often should pets be vaccinated?

Each cat or dog vaccine follows a specific schedule for the initial shot, booster shot (if any), and revaccinations. Our veterinarians can recommend a vaccination schedule that is best suited for your pet.

How can I keep track of my pet's vaccination records?

Our veterinarians will keep a record of your pet’s vaccinations. And if you have questions about your pet’s pending vaccinations, you can easily get answers from our Pet Parent Concierge team. However, even with this reliable support system in place, we encourage pet parents to keep their own record of their pet’s vaccination in case they want their own personal reference.

How long do cat and dog vaccinations provide protection?

The duration of protection provided by a vaccine depends on the vaccine. Some vaccines require booster shots to maintain their efficacy. The frequency of booster shots depends on the indications of the vaccine and the pet’s needs.

Can vaccinations be administered at home?

Vaccinations should be administered by a licensed veterinarian to ensure the proper storage, handling, and administration of the vaccines.

How do dogs and cats feel after getting vaccinated?

Similar to how human vaccines work, pets may exhibit lethargy and a slight fever after getting vaccinated. This happens while their immune system responds to the vaccine. This can last for a couple of days.

Do vaccines have any side effects?

Vaccines are designed to stimulate the immune system. Therefore, it’s normal for cats and dogs to experience mild symptoms after getting vaccinated. The usual side effects of vaccines are decreased energy, mild fever, decreased appetite, and mild discomfort.

Can my pet be vaccinated if they are already sick?

We don’t recommend vaccinating a dog or cat that is not healthy. If your furry companion is sick and exhibiting symptoms like fever, lethargy, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, and etc., it is best to bring them in for a veterinary check-up so they can be given appropriate treatment.

Are there any risks associated with vaccinations?

Vaccinations are safe for a majority of dogs and cats. However, there is still a small risk of adverse reactions.

What are signs of a cat or dog’s adverse reaction to a vaccine?

In some rare cases, a cat or dog may react adversely to a vaccine. Reach out to our team immediately if you notice these symptoms:

  • Itchy skin
  • Development of hives or bumpy skin
  • Facial swelling
  • Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
  • Severe coughing or breathing difficulties
  • Collapse
Can puppies and kittens be vaccinated?

For each vaccine, there is a recommended age when puppies and kittens can get them. It is best to vaccinate a pet as soon as it’s appropriate to avoid the transmission of disease from unvaccinated animals, wildlife, and other sources of infection.

It is important to note that some diseases cause lifelong changes in a pet’s health (e.g. compromised immunity, lifelong carrying of certain viruses) which is another reason why timely vaccination is highly recommended.

Can senior pets be vaccinated?

Senior pets can still benefit from regular vaccinations. However, senior cats and dogs may be given different vaccination schedules depending on their individual needs.

What is a vaccine titer test for dogs and cats?

Typically, veterinarians will recommend dogs and cats with an unclear vaccination history to restart vaccination; this is a safe and hassle-free option in healthy pets. 

In other cases wherein there is some risk tied to administering vaccination and/or vaccination is required for exportation to some countries, a vaccine titer test is used to measure the level of antibodies a pet has to a disease, thereby measuring immunity against a disease. This helps determine if revaccination is absolutely necessary.

When can I schedule my pet’s vaccination appointment at Sploot Vets?

You can conveniently schedule your pet’s vaccination whether it’s days, weeks, or months in advance!

If you need an urgent visit, our doors are also open for same-day appointments and drop-offs.

What payment options are available in Sploot Vets?

We only accept cashless payments to ensure the safety of our clinics and clients. Pet parents can pay with any major credit or debit card, as well as CareCredit and ScratchPay.

Does Sploot Veterinary Care accept pet insurance?

If vaccinations are covered by your pet’s insurance plan or pet wellness plan, then you may be able to claim reimbursement from your provider. It's important to note that pet insurance or wellness plans cover different veterinary treatments. For more information about your pet’s insurance coverage, please contact your provider.

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