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Know the Importance of Pet Vaccinations


Pet Vaccines from our Honolulu Veterinarian

Vaccinations are a critical part of preventative health care for pets. Proper vaccinations keep your pet protected from serious diseases. There are recommended core vaccinations for both dogs and cats, as well as some non-core vaccines that your veterinarian here in Honolulu may suggest for pets who are at increased risk.

Canine Vaccines

There are three recommended core vaccinations for dogs:

  • Distemper

  • Parvovirus

  • Adenovirus/hepatitis

Non-core vaccines for dogs may be recommended for pets who are at risk:

  • Leptospirosis

  • Parainfluenza

  • Bordetella

A lot of times, the core vaccines are given in a combination shot that may or may not include some of the non-core vaccines as well. Most vaccination schedules for dogs have puppies getting their first shots at six to eight weeks old, and then every three to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Adult dogs get boosters every one to three years.

Feline Vaccines

Just as in dogs, there are three core vaccines for cats:

  • Panleukopenia

  • Feline herpesvirus

  • Calicivirus

Additionally, there are a number of vaccines that might be recommended by your veterinarian for some cats:

  • Feline leukemia

  • Chlamydiosis

  • FIV

  • Bordatella

The core feline vaccines usually come together in one shot, while the non-core vaccines are given individually. The same timing of shots is usually used for both puppies and kittens, as well as adult cats and dogs.

Rabies Vaccines in Hawaii

Dogs and cats in Hawaii are not required to be vaccinated against rabies because the island is rabies-free. However, in many cases, a rabies vaccine is necessary for travel and/or re-entry into Hawaii. Be sure to speak to our veterinary hospital about proper pet vaccines if you are planning to take your furry friend with you when you travel out of Hawaii.

Stay Safe and Get Vaccinated at The Honolulu Pet Clinic

Here at The Honolulu Pet Clinic, we use our veterinary expertise to help you keep your pet healthy, not just treat them when they are ill. For an appointment to update pet vaccines, call us at (808) 593-9336. Ask about our new patient specials!