What Vaccinations Does My Pet Need

Dogs and cats require different vaccinations depending on age and lifestyle. In this article, we explore these to help you know what types your pet will need.


When to Start

Kittens can start receiving vaccinations from the ages of 6 to 8 weeks. At the start, vaccinations will be given in series of shots every 3 to 4 weeks.

How Often

After these original series of shots, the frequency decreases. Vaccinations for adult cats will be given every 3 to 4 years.

Which Vaccinations?

All cats require some of the same vaccinations, regardless of their individual needs. These vaccinations include:

  • Rabies
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Panleukopenia

The bottom three are often administered in one booster shot, which is sometimes dubbed the “distemper shot”.

Other vaccinations your cat may need depends on the activities they engage in. For example, if your cat spends a lot of time outdoors coming into contact with other cats and animals, they may require shots that indoor cat won’t need.

These vaccinations include:

  • Chlamydia, which can be added to the booster shot
  • Feline leukemia, which is especially recommended for cats that spend a lot of time outside. It is spread through airborne germs, saliva and runny noses
  • This spreads quickly in spaces where there are many animals together in an enclosed space, such as at a groomer or kennel.




In the past, these vaccinations had to be administered yearly. Now, they can last for up to three years.


Puppies require treatments that slightly differ from adult dogs in terms of dosage and frequency. Puppies generally begin vaccinations from 6 to 8 weeks and have them regularly until they’re one year old, after which the frequency drops.


As with cats, dogs require some common vaccinations. These include:

  • Rabies, which can be spread to humans if an infected dog bites them
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine adenovirus 1 infection

Other, non-core vaccinations include:

  • Leptospirosis, which is recommended for dogs which come into contact with ponds or other still water.
  • Lyme disease
  • Canine cough complex. This is easily transmitted from dog to dog through coughing and is recommended for dogs which spend time in shared facilities such as kennels, dog shows and classes, and other shared spaces.
  • Canine influenza

These vaccinations are generally annual shots; however, it is important to discuss this with your vet before making any assumptions. Not all these vaccinations are recommended for all dogs.


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If you would like to make an appointment to discuss the vaccination needs of your pet, call 08 6555 5149 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.