Edinburgh Pet Health Center

Vaccination Guidelines

Dog Vaccination Guidelines

At Edinburgh Pet Health Center we recommend only those vaccinations that are indicated for each pet. We follow the vaccination guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association taskforce on vaccinations.

For dogs, we recommend the “core” vaccinations of Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus. Puppies are given vaccinations at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. A booster is given at one year of age, and then most dogs are given those vaccinations every 3 years. 

Rabies is a core vaccine required by law.  It is given as a one-year vaccine for puppies and given every 3 years for adult dogs. We require all dogs be current on their Rabies vaccination for continued services at our hospital unless there is a specific medical reason that precludes vaccination. Rabies is a zoonotic disease which means it can be transmitted to humans.

Bordatella/Parainfluenza vaccination is recommended for dogs that are boarding, going to a groomer regularly and dogs coming into contact with many other dogs at dog shows, dog parks, etc. This vaccination is given yearly as an intranasal spray or regular injection.

Leptospirosis vaccine is recommended for hunting dogs and those dogs exposed to lakes, rivers, ponds and other water sources and wildlife on a regular basis. It is a re-emerging disease problem and all dogs may be at some risk. This is an annual vaccine.

Lyme vaccine is for those dogs regularly exposed to deer ticks. Those dogs who hunt, visit wooded cabins or live in deer endemic areas may benefit from this yearly vaccine. More importantly, a good tick preventative is mandatory for these dogs.

Corona vaccine is not recommended by us, but occasionally, some boarding facilities may require its administration.

Cat Vaccination Guidelines

At Edinburgh Pet Health Center we recommend only those vaccinations that are indicated for each pet. We follow the vaccination guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association taskforce on vaccinations.

For cats, we recommend the “core” vaccinations of Distemper, Rhinotracheitis (Herpes) and Calicivirus. Kittens are vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age and at one year of age. Booster vaccinations for adult cats are every three years.

Rabies is a core vaccine required by law.  It is given as a one-year
vaccine for kittens and given every 3 years for adult cats.  We require
all cats be current on their Rabies vaccination for continued services
at our hospital unless there is a specific medical reason that
precludes vaccination.  Even indoor cats can be exposed to potentially infected wildlife such as bats that enter homes.  Rabies is a zoonotic disease which means it can be transmitted to humans.

Feline Leukemia vaccine is recommended for outdoor cats and those cats exposed to other cats on a regular basis. It is a one year vaccine.