Puppy & Kitten Immunization

You and your new puppy or kitten are already the best of friends, but there’s someone else who is a good friend too — your veterinarian at Banks Animal Hospital. The sooner you visit your veterinarian with your new pet the better.

Puppy and Kitten Visit

Puppies and kittens should be immunized at an early age. We recommend vaccinations be completed at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and annually thereafter. When you bring your pet in for its first visit it will also receive a complete physical examination. During the exam your veterinarian will palpate your pet’s abdomen, take its temperature, listen to the heart and lungs, check the condition of the coat, a peek in the ears to check for infection or ear mites, examine the eyes to ensure they are clear and free of disease, and inspect the mouth to look for signs of dental disease and to make sure your new friend has a complete set of puppy or kitten teeth as well as a normal bite.

At the first puppy or kitten visit, you should provide us will a fecal sample from your new pet. This sample will be analyzed to determine if your puppy or kitten has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, or Giardia. If needed, medication will be dispensed.  Heartworm prevention will also be discussed, as well as control of external parasites (fleas and mites).

Your veterinarian will also discuss nutrition and feeding during the first appointment. For good health and a long life, it’s important to give your new family member the right start with proper nutrition.

The veterinarians at Banks Animal Hospital also recommend the placement of a microchip in your pet. A microchip is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted under the skin of the puppy or kitten. If your pet is lost the microchip serial number can be read with a scanner. Retrieval of the microchip serial number allows identification of your pet and can be used to find its owner. Each year thousands of pets are returned home because of microchips.

The final topic that will be covered during your new puppy or kitten’s first visit is neutering or spaying.


Puppy’s Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 – 8 weeks Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Bordetella
10 – 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
12 – 24 weeks Rabies none
14 – 16 weeks DHPP Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 – 16 months Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 – 3 years Rabies (as required by law) none




Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 – 8 weeks Feline distemper, Feline rhinotracheitis, Feline calicivirus Chlamydia
10 – 12 weeks Second vaccination with “core” vaccines Feline leukemia
12 – 24 weeks Rabies none
14 – 16 weeks Third vaccination with “core” vaccines
12 – 16 months Vaccinate with “core” vaccines. Rabies Chlamydia, Feline leukemia
Every 1 – 3 years Rabies (as required by law) none

Banks Animal Hospital at VetsToronto Kingston Road will be temporarily be closed until April 20th due to COVID-19 cases.