Pet getting vaccinated

Vaccinations help keep your animals healthy and happy. At Chesapeake Animal Hospital, we recommend vaccinations for your pet depending on age, lifestyle and risk of exposure on an individual basis. Some vaccines are administered annually, while other vaccines are recommended every six months or every three years depending upon the vaccine type.

Types of vaccines which may be recommended are as follows:


  • Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus — every three years
  • Rabies — every three years after the initial vaccine
  • Leptospirosis — every year depending on exposure risk
  • Bordatella (kennel cough) — every six months depending on exposure in boarding kennels, dog parks, obedience school, veterinary hospitals or grooming facilities
  • Lyme Disease — every year depending on risk of exposure
  • Canine Influenza (H3N8) — every year depending on risk of exposure


  • FVRCP (feline distemper) — every three years following initial vaccines
  • Rabies — we offer both a 1 year and a 3 year vaccine now for Rabies
  • Feline leukemia — recommended for all kittens up to one year of age, then dependent on risk of exposure

If you chose to get a pet from the Humane Society, or take in a stray, or in some other way inherit an older pet, it should be brought in for a full physical exam as soon as possible.

Dogs over six months of age should always be tested for heartworms, which also includes a screening test for tick borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis.