Pets benefit from regular immunization to protect them from diseases that can be easily spread and hard to treat. Diseases such as parvovirus in dogs or panleukopenia in cats are drastically less common now than they were 50 years ago due to vaccines. The diseases do still show up from time to time, however, so it is important to keep your dog or cat up to date on their immunizations. Aquadale believes that all dogs and cats should not be vaccinated for all potential diseases, but instead utilizes a method of Core vs Non-Core vaccination protocols. Core vaccines are those that canine and feline contagious disease specialists recommend all dogs and cats should have based on severity of the disease, exposure potential, and human contagion risk. Non-Core vaccines are those that may be important depending on geographical location, and exposure risk.


Canine Core Vaccines:


  • Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)
  • Canine Parvovirus Virus (CPV)
  • Canine Adenovirus (CAV)
  • Rabies Virus (RV)


Canine Non-Core Vaccines:

  • Bordetella
  • Lyme Disease
  • Leptospirosis


The doctors at Aquadale make a recommendation of vaccinations tailored to each patient taking their lifestyle, travel habits and overall exposure risk into consideration as well as general exposure risk factors for our local area. Aquadale veterinarians agree that all dogs should be vaccinated for Distemper, Parvovirus, and Adenovirus. They also agree that most dogs should be vaccinated against Leptospirosis and Bordetella due to exposure risk in our geographical location. The veterinarians at Aquadale currently do not recommend vaccinating for Lyme disease unless your dog’s travel habits will take him or her to an area of higher risk.

Feline Core Vaccines:


  • Feline Herpesvirus (FHV)
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)
  • Rabies Virus (RV)


Feline Non-Core Vaccines:


  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV)
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Feline Virulent Calici Virus (Virulent FCV)
  • Feline Chlamydia Virus


The doctors at Aquadale recommend all core vaccinations for cats and kittens due to the severity of the viruses, mortality rate of infected patients, and geographical risk factors of our local area. Feline Leukemia vaccines are recommended for negative kittens less than one year of age. The doctors recommend the first vaccine be given at greater than 12 weeks of age and a booster three to four weeks later. The necessity of further Feline Leukemia vaccine boosters can be determined based on the lifestyle of the patient or other risk factors such as Feline Leukemia positive cats in the home or surrounding neighborhood. The veterinarians at Aquadale do not recommend vaccinating for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Virulent Calici, or Feline Chlamydia Virus at this time unless a specific risk is involved based on the lifestyle of the patient.

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