Puppies and kittens have limited immunity to diseases. That's why pets need to be vaccinated early so they can build up resistance. Vaccines trigger a pet's immune system to manufacture antibodies to fight off infection, but this immunity does not last forever. A single vaccination cannot provide a lifetime of protection. Pets need annual booster shots to keep their immunity. The Animal Hospital of Bentonville recommends the following immunization schedules for your cat or dog.



Canine and feline immunizations are divided into core and non-core vaccines.  All dogs and cats should receive core vaccines.  Non-core vaccines are given based on you and your pet's lifestyles.  Be sure to ask our veterinary staff for guidance on the vaccines your pet needs.

Core Canine Vaccines

  • Rabies: State law requires that all dogs and cats be immunized within four months of birth.
  • Distemper: Canine distemper does not require animal-to-animal contact to become infected. Because the disease is fatal, even indoor-only pets should be inoculated.
  • Canine Hepatitis: Adenovirus is transmitted through contaminated feces or saliva and can be fatal.  
  • Parvovirus: Parvovirus comes from contaminated feces, causing severe dehydration and death if not treated.
  • Parainfluenza: Dogs contract parainfluenza through nasal secretions.

DHPP, a combination vaccine that protects against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza, is also available.  

Non-Core Canine Vaccines

Non-core vaccines include the following:

  • Canine influenza
  • Lyme Disease
  • Bordetella
  • Leptospirosis

Canine influenza and Bordetella are often required if your dog is kenneled or attends a pet care facility.

Core Feline Vaccines

  • FVRCP: This vaccine protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, which are highly contagious upper respiratory infections, and Panleukopenia (feline distemper).
  • Rabies: Like dogs, cats are required to have up-to-date rabies vaccinations.  
  • Chlamydia: The vaccine, which may be included in FVRCP, is a bacterial infection of the eye.
  • Bordetella: This vaccine protects against a bacterial infection that affects the upper respiratory system.

FVRCP or FVRCP-C is given at three-year intervals.

Non-Core Feline Vaccines

Additional vaccines, such as the following, may be suggested depending on your cat.  

  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV).
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). 
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). 

Our veterinarian will determine which non-core vaccines may benefit your pet.

Immunization Schedules

As your pet ages, their immunity requirements change. Talk to your veterinary staff so an individual vaccination program can be developed.

Canine Vaccine Schedule

  • 6 to 8 weeks.  Distemper and parvovirus.
  • 10 to 12 weeks.  DHPP.
  • 16 to 18 weeks.  DHPP, rabies
  • 12 months.  DHPP, rabies
  • Every three years.  DHPP, rabies

Non-core vaccinations are given annually.

Feline Vaccination Schedule

  • 6 to 8 weeks.  FVRCP
  • 10 to 12 weeks.  FVRCP
  • 16 to 18 weeks.  FVRCP, Rabies
  • 12 months. FVRCP, Rabies
  • Every three years.  FVRCP, Rabies

Non-core vaccinations are given annually.

Veterinarian in Bentonville

If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact the Animal Hospital of Bentonville at (479) 364-0340. We are available to answer your questions concerning vaccines.



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