Pet Vaccinations: Disease Prevention for Dogs, Cats, Birds, & Exotic Pets


There are many ways to enjoy a pet and many lifestyle choices, such as show animal, service dog, athlete, school pet, talking bird, or just your faithful family friend. Parrett Veterinary Clinic provides preventive care for your small animal companion based on many factors, including age, overall condition, and exposure to risk.

Pet Vaccinations

Our veterinary professionals work with you to tailor a unique immunization program that gives your pet the best protection from disease. The following suggested vaccine protocols are based on an "average" pet. While this is helpful information, it may not apply to your specific animal or situation.

Adult Dogs

Types of canine vaccines that may be recommended are:

  • Distemper/adenovirus/parainfluenza/
    parvovirus/leptospirosis (DA2PPvL)—1-year vaccine
  • Rabies—1-year type recommended, 3-year available
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)—Annually as needed based on requirements of kennel or other high exposure environments
  • Lyme—Annually as needed based on high exposure environments


Puppy Series

Typical vaccines may include:

  • Distemper/adenovirus/parainfluenza/
    parvovirus/leptospirosis (DA2PPvL)—Start at 6 weeks, then a booster every 2 weeks, usually four doses
  • Rabies—1-year type at 12 weeks
  • Bordetella (kennel cough)—As needed based on lifestyle that includes high exposure environments; start at 10 weeks.
  • Lyme—As needed based on high exposure environments; start at 10 weeks then booster in 4 weeks, usually two doses

Adult Cats

Types of feline vaccines that may be recommended are:

  • Feline distemper/upper respiratory (FVRCPC)—1-year vaccine
  • Rabies—1-year recommended, 3-year available
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)—Annually as needed based on high-risk lifestyle

Kitten Series

Typical vaccines may include:

  • FVRCPC—Start at 6 weeks then booster every 2 weeks, usually four doses
  • Rabies—At 12 weeks
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV)—As needed based on high-risk lifestyle; start at 10 weeks then booster in 4 weeks, usually two doses


Again, this vaccine schedule is a basic guideline. We will discuss your specific needs, questions, and concerns at your next wellness visit.

Vaccinations for Your Cat outlines the most important preventive measure you can take for the health of your cat.

Vaccinating Your Dog discusses a critical component to preventive care for your dog .

Prevention for Pocket Pets, Birds & Exotics

While some pocket pets, birds, and other exotics do not require vaccinations, an annual exam is necessary to determine overall health and any developing concerns. Small animals such as these will get sick and deteriorate quite rapidly before pet owners even notice something is wrong. Regular veterinary care gives these pets the best chance for a long and healthy life.

Pet Care Resources

Parvovirus—This brochure helps pet owners understand more about the process of diagnosing and treating this disease.

Rabies—This brochure helps children understand this dangerous disease.

FeLV—This brochure describes the feline retrovirus infection.

FIV—This brochure describes the feline immunodeficiency virus.

Sentinel Pet Flea prevention—Flea prevention and internal parasite protection resources.