Pet Vaccinations FAQs

1) What vaccinations are necessary to keep my pets healthy?
Pets need the following vaccinations to keep them healthy:

Dogs: 6 in 1 vaccination (DHLPP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) and Bordetella every 12 months. Rabies vaccination every 3 years.

Puppies: 6 in 1 vaccination (DHLPP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) and Bordetella at eight weeks of age and then once every three to four weeks until the puppy reaches 4 months of age. Then once each year. Rabies vaccination is given at 4 months of age, then again within 12 months, then every 3 years.

Cats: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and Chlamydia every 12 months. Rabies every 1-3 years depending on vaccination.

Kitten: FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and Chlamydia at eight weeks of age, then once every 3 to 4 weeks until the kitten reaches 4 months of age. Then once each year. Rabies is due at 4 months, then again within 12 months, then every 1-3 years depending on vaccination.


Important: The above are basic vaccinations. It is critical that you work with your veterinarian regarding the vaccinations necessary to keep your pet healthy. Many veterinarians suggest additional vaccinations and treatments.
2) What vaccinations are required by law?
State law requires that all dogs be inoculated against rabies. However, additional vaccinations are necessary to keep your pets healthy.
3) Where can I find information on low-cost vaccinations for my pet?
Many private veterinarians hold low cost vaccination clinics at their offices. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control provides approximately 42 low cost vaccination clinics (primarily in June) in a variety of cities and areas throughout Los Angeles County. You may also contact your nearest Los Angeles County Animal Shelter for vaccination information.