Pet Vaccinations

Pet Vaccinations Provide Essential Prevention

Our San Diego veterinarian offers both core and non-core vaccines that are a pivotal part of preventive care and wellness for your pet. Depending on the age, health, and lifestyle that you and your animal enjoy, we might recommend certain vaccinations. Puppies and kittens typically begin having a series of core vaccines around 6 to 8 weeks of age.

However, it’s never too late to begin ensuring your pet gets the proper shots that can prevent severe illness or diseases, many of which are transmittable to humans and other animals. Here at Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital, we’ll even keep detailed records of vaccination services and remind you when any are coming up due such as rabies.

Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Cats and Kittens


As a kitten, there is a routine schedule in which our Tierrasanta veterinarian will administer a set of initial vaccines to help stave off the most common diseases and illnesses that infect felines. This requires three visits in general, and three appointments are an optimal time to check your furry friend for proper growth rates and to run routine tests. Core vaccines for cats include rabies, which is required by law and can be given annually or every three years depending on the type of vaccine you choose.

Annual vaccinations that are also considered essential include protection and feline panleukopenia, feline calcivirus, and feline viral rhinotrachetis. There are 4-in-1 vaccines that offer protection from these serious conditions along with feline HIV and parvovirus. Cats that will be boarded or who live in multiple cat homes, might need a bordetella shot to prevent catching and spreading this disease.

Core and Non-Core Vaccinations for Dogs and Puppies


Like felines, pups should get their initial vaccines around 6 to 8 weeks of age ideally, and booster follow ups over the next few weeks and months will be necessary for full efficacy. Rabies is again mandatory by law, and other core vaccines for dogs and puppies include those for serious conditions such as parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis.

Our San Diego vet might recommend certain non-core vaccines in certain situations. If you plan to have your dog groomed, boarded, or attend training or doggy daycare, you will want to consider protection against bortella bronchiseptica, leptospirosis, and Borrelia burgdorferi. There are inclusive 3-in-1, 5-in-one and 7-in-1 options to minimize the number of injections your pet undergoes.

Make Tierransanta Veterinary Hospital Your Vet of Choice

We are thrilled to offer comprehensive pet care and prevention in the form of vaccines and routine examinations. Our team of pet lovers will help you get your furry friend the shots they need on time annually, and we offer reminders to keep them on the track to wellness and good health for a lifetime. If you are looking for a veterinarian that serves San Diego, Mesa, Clairemont, and the surrounding communities, contact Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital online or call us at (858) 292-6116 for an appointment.

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