Why we recommend dog and cat vaccinations

You can protect your four-legged family member from all kinds of dangers, but cat and dog vaccinations are the only way to keep “invisible” enemies like distemper and parvovirus at bay. At Church Street Vets, we recommend a combination of core (essential for all pets) and non-core (lifestyle-based) vaccines to give your pet the best protection possible.

Along with keeping pets safer, cat and dog vaccines can also help to reduce or even prevent the spread of harmful diseases in our community, which helps to protect other animals and in some cases, people too. To ensure that your pet only receives the vaccines that they really need, we base our recommendations on their health status, vaccine history, lifestyle, and home environment.


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Our Core Vaccines for Dogs

Core vaccines are those which we recommend for all dogs regardless of their lifestyle. This means that your pet does not need to have a direct encounter with another animal to be at risk for the following diseases:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus

To protect dogs against these diseases, we provide them with what we call the C3 vaccination.

Our Core Vaccines for Cats

Cats also require certain vaccines to stay healthy, even if they spend all their time indoors. The diseases for which they need to be vaccinated against are:

  • Feline Herpes Virus
  • Panleukopenia Virus
  • Feline Calicivirus

Our F3 vaccination provides cats with ample protection from all of the above.

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Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs and Cats

We’ll need to assess your pet’s health, lifestyle, and living environment to help you determine which non-core vaccines they’ll need over the course of their lifetime. Here are some of the non-core vaccines we recommend for dogs and cats:

  • Canine Cough – dogs only, mandatory for dogs that will be boarding
  • Canine Leptospirosis & Canine Coronavirus – dogs only
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – cats only, typically those that are allowed outside

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations

Puppies and kittens can be very vulnerable to illness when they are young, so it is important to start vaccinating them at about 6-8 weeks old. Here are our recommendations:


6 – 8 weeks: 1st vaccination

10 – 12 weeks: 2nd vaccination

14 – 16 weeks: 3rd vaccination


8 weeks: 1st vaccination

12 weeks: 2nd vacciantion

If we recommend that your kitten receive the FIV vaccine, they will undergo a series of 3 injections, each given 2-3 weeks apart.

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