Dog and Cat Vaccinations in Fayetteville

Prolonging Health & Well-Being with Dog
& Cat Vaccinations in Fayetteville

At Best Friends Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, we recognize that dog and cat vaccinations are necessary to prevent your pet from developing dangerous diseases. We follow strict protocols based on your pet’s individual needs and risk factors. While cats and dogs need vaccines throughout their lives to maintain immunity, our goal is to give them only the vaccines they truly require to avoid overvaccination. Please feel free to contact us at (479) 251-8387 to make an appointment or do so online.

Vaccinations for Dogs & Cats

Dog and cat vaccinations are divided into two categories: core and noncore. Core are those that we recommend for every pet, regardless of their lifestyle. Noncore, on the other hand, are only needed based on your pet’s lifestyle and level of risk. For both core and noncore, we use the highest-quality vaccines for cats and dogs that provide the best protection in the safest way.

Vaccines for Dogs:

Core
  • Rabies
    • Initial series: one dose at 16 weeks old
    • Boosters: 1 year after initial series, then every 3 years
  • DAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus)
    • Initial series: three doses 3-4 weeks apart starting between 6-8 weeks old
    • Boosters: 1 year after initial series, then every 3 years
Noncore
  • Leptospirosis (strongly recommended for dogs in our area)
    • Initial series: two doses included with the last two administrations of DAPP
    • Boosters: annual, as long as risk is high
  • Bordetella, or “kennel cough” (required for most boarding/grooming facilities)
    • Initial series: one dose at about 16 weeks old
    • Boosters: annual, or every 6 months for high-risk dogs
  • Canine Influenza (a highly contagious respiratory infection with outbreaks across the nation)
    • Initial series: two doses 3-4 weeks apart starting between 6-8 weeks old
    • Boosters: annual, as long as risk is high

Vaccines for Cats

Core
  • Rabies
    • Initial series: one dose at about 12 weeks old
    • Boosters: annual
  • FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia)
    • Initial series: three doses 3-4 weeks apart starting between 6-8 weeks old
    • Boosters: 1 year after initial series, then every 3 years
Noncore
  • Feline Leukemia (a highly contagious, incurable disease recommended primarily for outdoor cats)
    • Initial series: two doses 3-4 weeks apart, starting as early as 8 weeks old
    • Boosters: annually or biennially depending on their level of risk
Veterinarians holding a cat and dog on their laps
Veterinarian giving a vaccination to a cat

High-Quality Pet Vaccines: Preventing Reactions & Overvaccination

Our vaccines are selected for their effectiveness and reduced risk of reaction. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality medicine possible, and vaccines are no different. Cats especially can be sensitive to vaccines, particularly the adjuvants (chemicals that help to further stimulate the immune system) sometimes added to vaccines. To minimize reaction risks, all of our cat vaccines are non-adjuvanted and proven to be the safest in the industry.

Additionally, we follow strict vaccination protocols outlined by the AAHA and AAFP to reduce the risk of overvaccination. We only provide your pet with the vaccines they need, when they need them. Trust the experts at Best Friends Animal Hospital for your dog and cat's vaccination needs!