Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

3850 Grand View Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310)391-6741

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Our Hospital's Vaccination Policy

 

More information about our Vaccination Policy.

 

  

  

Cat Vaccines

 

Vaccine

Kitten Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

FVRCP (injectable or nasal)
Also called “Distemper Shot

NASAL: One before age 12 weeks, one age 12 weeks or after, boost one year later, and then every 3 years.
INJECTABLE: one age 6 weeks or after, then every 3 - 4 weeks until age 16 - 20 weeks. The initial series should employ at least 2 shots. Boost in 1 year, then every 3 years.

Just pick up where left off - no need to start initial series.

Yes

Yes

All Cats

Comments:  Some cats sneeze for a few days after taking the nasal vaccine. This should require no treatment.

 

Vaccine

Kitten Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Feline Leukemia Virus  (FeLV)

TEST FIRST
First vaccine no earlier than age 8 weeks, then boost in 3 - 4 weeks. If more than 6 weeks have passed between the first and second initial doses, the first dose should be considered invalid and the series restarted. Cats in open households should be tested annually.

Kitten: If second vaccine in initial series is skipped, initial series should be restarted

Adult: Just pick up where left off

No

No

Outdoor cats, or cats likely to be exposed to rescued strays, all kittens under age 1 year.

Comments:  Give shot in left rear leg below knee when possible (according to AAFP guidelines).

 

Vaccine

Kitten Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

RABIES (Recombinant)

First vaccine no earlier than age 12 weeks. Next shot in one year. After that, good for one year.

Pick up where left off; new vaccination will be good for 1 year

Yes

Yes

ALL CATS

Comments:  Give shot in right rear leg below knee when possible (according to AAFP guidelines).

  

 

Dog Vaccines

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

DHLPP
- also called “Distemper Shot
(Lepto portion is "4 Way,"
Distemper portion is Recombinant)

Begin vaccinations between age 6 - 12 weeks. Vaccinate every 3 - 4 weeks until age 16 weeks, then boost in one year. After this, boost every 3 years. At least 2 vaccines are necessary initially. Puppies under age 12 weeks: No lepto.

At age 12 weeks include lepto and continue to age 14 - 16 weeks, then annually, then every 3 years. If a puppy or dog begins vaccinations at a later age, there should always be at least 2 vaccines in the series 2-4 weeks apart. If the exposure is deemed high risk then the puppy series should continue to age 18-20 weeks.

If more than 6 weeks have passed between doses in the puppy series, the older vaccine should be considered invalid.

Pick up where left off

Yes

Yes

All Dogs

Comments:  This is considered to be the basic canine vaccination.  If the dog is felt to be high risk for Leptospirosis, then a separate Leptospirosis vaccine should be given annually.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Bordetella Nasal Format

First dose as early as age 3 - 4 weeks, then annually.

Pick up where left off

Yes
(any format)

Yes
(any format)

All Dogs

Comments:  Oral, nasal or injectable vaccine will fill boarding or bathing requirement. Some dogs sneeze for a few days after taking the nasal vaccine.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Bordetella Injectable Format

First dose age 8 weeks, second dose at 12 weeks, then annually. If more than 6 weeks pass between these two shots, the first vaccine should be considered invalid.

If puppy series incomplete, restart it. Otherwise, pick up where left off.

Yes
(any format)

Yes
(any format)

All Dogs

Comments:  Oral, nasal or injectable vaccine will fill boarding or bathing requirement. Does not work if given nasally or orally.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Bordetella Oral Format

First dose given at age 8 weeks or older.

Pick up where left off.

Yes
(any format)

Yes
(any format)

All Dogs

Comments:  Oral, nasal or injectable vaccine will fill boarding or bathing requirement. Give just inside the lip. Dangerous if accidentally given as injectable.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Rabies

First vaccine no earlier than age 12 weeks. Next shot in one year. After that, good for 3 years.

Pick up where left off.

Yes

Yes

ALL DOGS

Comments:  This vaccine is a legal requirement for all dogs over age 4 months.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Influenza H3N8

First dose no earlier than age 6 weeks, then boost in 3 - 4 weeks. After that, boost annually. If more than 6 weeks pass between the initial two vaccines, the earlier vaccine should be considered invalid.

If more than 18 months overdue, restart the whole series.

Strongly recom-
mended. Required for puppies less than 1 year.

Strongly recom-
mended. Required for puppies less than 1 year.

Recommended for all dogs who board, go to park, daycare, grooming etc. Puppies under age 1 year especially.

Comments:  Especially for puppies and dogs in contact with Rescue dogs or who board or are groomed where other dogs are present.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Rattlesnake Bite Vaccine

Initial series is two vaccines
3 - 4 weeks apart. Dogs under 25 lbs. or over 100 lbs. need an additional third vaccine in 3 - 4 weeks. Vaccines should be given every 6 months. Puppies must be 4 weeks of age.

Pick up where left off.

No

No

Dogs that hike or camp in snake territory

Comments:  If your dog is bitten by a rattlesnake, a medical evaluation is still recommended for safety’s sake.

 

Vaccine

Puppy Series

If you skip a year

Required for:

Boarding

Bathing

Applies to:

Lyme Disease

Begin at 8 weeks of age or older with a series of two vaccines each given 2-4 weeks apart. If more than 6 weeks pass between boosters, the earlier vaccine should be considered invalid. Vaccination is annual thereafter.

If more than 18 months overdue, restart the whole series.

No

No

Dogs traveling to areas where tick exposure is expected.

 

Page last updated: 11/11/2018