Vaccines for Cats and Dogs at Felton Veterinary Hospital


Vaccines are necessary to prevent life-threatening diseases such as Distemper, Rabies, Feline Leukemia, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and more.
All puppies and kittens need a series of vaccinations for their long-term health – usually starting around 8 weeks of age, and finishing around 16 weeks of age.
Our puppy and kitten packages are tailored to fit the particular lifestyle of the individual pet.
We give only necessary vaccinations – to prevent disease – and we are very careful not to over-vaccinate.
After getting their one year-old boosters, many dogs and cats have vaccines that are given only every three years thereafter.

Vaccination Clinic:
Every Wednesday morning, from 9:00 AM until Noon, we offer a vaccine clinic – for healthy pets only.
Our nurses give vaccinations, do trim nails, draw blood for heartworm and other lab tests, express anal glands, etc.

There are FDA pharmacy laws which require a thorough annual physical examination with a veterinarian to be able to prescribe medications.
A visit to the vaccine clinic does not fulfill this requirement.

Puppies and Kittens require a series of vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks of age.

All Adult Dogs in Santa Cruz County are required to have their Rabies vaccines current and to wear their Rabies tags.

Cat Vaccine Recommendations:


  • 8 weeks: 1st FVRCP & FELV/FIV Test
  • 12 weeks: 2nd FVRCP and 1st Leukemia vaccine – we recommend this as a core vaccine for all kittens because many kittens become outdoor cats
  • 16 weeks: 3rd FVRCP and 2nd Leukemia vaccine
  • 18 weeks: Rabies, Fecal Exam and appropriate Paraciticide

**Microcip recommended
**Flea prevention: Revolution, Comfortis, Advantage, Frontline
**We no longer recommend Chlamydia or FIV (cat Aids) vaccines
View Discounts on New Kitten Vaccines

Adult Cats:

1 year after final kitten vaccines – (at 1 year and 4 months of age):

  • FVRCP: then every 3 years
  • Rabies(Purevax): annually
  • Leukemia: annually if high exposure to other cats. Every 2 years if there is less exposure. Discontinue if indoor only cat.

**Recommended annual fecal exam for any cat that goes outdoors or annual paraciticide  (Drontal or monthly Revolution)
**Flea prevention: Revolution, Comfortis, Advantage, Frontline

Dog Vaccine Recommendations


  •  8 weeks: DHPP
  • 12 weeks: DHLPP and Bordatella (IN)
  • 16 weeks: 2nd DHLPP and Rabies
  • Start Heartworm Preventative at 6-8 weeks of age
  • Flea Prevention: Triflexis/Comfortis, Nexgard, Advantage(tix), Frontline
  • Fecal Exam and appropriate parasiticide

*Tiny Breeds (<10 as an adult): 1st Lepto–18 weeks, 2nd Lepto–21-22 weeks
*We no longer recommend Coronavirus vaccines

**Lyme Disease: incidence is increasing in the Santa Cruz mountain and County Area.
If high exposure: 2 vaccines are given 3-4 weeks apart. We can begin introducing Lyme Vaccines at 9-12 weeks of age.

**If a breeder or animal shelter has initiated vaccines to puppies younger than 8 weeks, we need to give boosters every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks. It’s VERY important that the last vaccines be given at 16 weeks – or there will not be enough long-term immunity (due to an immature immune system at such a young age), to last the puppy 1 year and remain protected for the duration.

View Discounts on Puppy Vaccines

Adult Dog

1 year after final puppy vaccines (so at 1 year & 4 months of age):

  • DHPP: will be a three year vaccine from this point on
  • Rabies: 3 year vaccine
  • Leptospirosis: annual vaccine
  • Annual Heartworm test (or Accuplex 4–$8.00 or more)
  • Bordatella:(Intranasal considered good for 1 year; subcutaneous vaccine is good for 6 months)
    • Every 6 months (if boarding kennel requires, or if high exposure to other dogs, dog parks, grooming parlour).
    • Annual if less exposure (some exposure).
    • If no exposure–not needed
  • Lyme Disease: annual booster
  • Fecal Exams – recommended at least annually