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Reducing the Risk of Disease with Pet Vaccinations

Reducing the Risk of Disease with Pet Vaccinations

As a pet parent, you want to ensure your pet’s lasting health for years to come. Pet vaccinations are a crucial part of making that happen by protecting your furry family from a wide variety of dangerous diseases. At Ali’i Animal Hospital, we administer only the highest quality vaccines for your pets at the perfect times to avoid over-vaccination.

As family, your pet deserves the best, so give them the best protection there is.

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Developing A Vaccine Protocol for Your Pet

For all our services, we believe that each pet is unique and deserves a personal plan that suits their needs. Vaccines are no different. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s lifestyle, travel potential, exposure to other pets, and activities to determine their individualized vaccination protocol. There are some vaccines we recommend for all pets, due to the prevalence and dangerous nature of the diseases they protect against.

Vaccines we recommend for all pets include:

  • DHPP (canine)
  • Leptospirosis (canine)
  • Bordetella (canine)
  • FVRCP (feline)

Vaccines we recommend based on lifestyle include:

  • Rabies (canine and feline) – only needed for traveling into Hawaiʻi and out of Hawaiʻi if you plan on returning to Hawaiʻi.
  • Canine Influenza (required for boarding with us; recommended for traveling dogs)
  • Feline Leukemia (for outdoor cats only)

Vaccination Administration Timelines

When they are still a puppy or kitten, your pet will begin their initial vaccination administration series. The series is important as they build their immunity over the course of their first year of life. Subsequent booster vaccinations are spaced out over the years of their life in order to prevent over-vaccination. The timelines for vaccines are suggested here:

  • DHPPL (canine) – First vaccine given at 8 weeks of age, then subsequent boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16-18 weeks of age. Leptospirosis will only be included in the last two boosters.
    • Adults: Every 3 years for DHPP; annually for Leptospirosis
  • Bordetella (canine) – First vaccine given between 10-12 weeks of age, then a booster 3-4 weeks later.
    • Adults: Annually
  • Canine Influenza – First vaccine can be given any time after 8 weeks of age, with a booster given 3-4 weeks later.
    • Adults: Annually
  • FVRCP (feline) – First vaccine given at 8 weeks of age, then subsequent boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
    • Adults: Every 3 years
  • Feline Leukemia – First vaccine given between 10-12 weeks of age, then a booster 3-4 weeks later. This vaccine is only recommended for kittens unless your cat will be outdoors in their adult life.
    • Adult outdoor cats only: Annually

For more information about pet vaccinations, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll be happy to talk to you more about the best options for your fur family.

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