Dr. Jean Dodds – Feline Vaccination Protocol


Approximately seven years ago, the American Association of Feline Practitioners(AAFP) sponsored and conducted a groundbreaking study on feline vaccines. The panel – which included Dr. Dodds’ colleague, Dr. Ron Schultz – divided the vaccines into core and non-core. Just this year, the AAFP published updated feline vaccination guidelines. Dr. Dodds agrees with the panel’s findings, with the exception of giving feline leukemia vaccine to kittens that will be kept strictly indoors. She also prefers a more minimal and delayed vaccination schedule to offset potential adverse vaccine reactions and feline vaccine injection site-associated sarcomas. Additionally, Dr. Dodds considers factors such as presence of maternal immunity, prevalence of viruses or other infectious agents in the region, number of reported occurrences of the viruses and other infectious agents, how these agents are spread, and the typical environmental conditions and exposure risk activities of companion animals.

2013-2016 Feline Vaccination Protocol
 The following vaccine protocol is offered for those cats where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one Dr. Dodds recommends and should not interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

8-9 Weeks Old:
Panleukopenia (feline parvovirus), Calicivirus, Rhinopneumonitits Virus (feline herpesvirus-1)

12-13 Weeks Old:
Same as above

24 Weeks or Older (if required by law):
Rabies (e.g. Merial Purevax™, recombinant)

1 Year:
FVRCP booster (optional = titer)

1+ Year:
Rabies, same as above but separated by 2-3 weeks from FVRCP

Perform vaccine antibody titers for panleukopenia virus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian.  In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit Rabies Challenge Fund.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

4 Responses to “Dr. Jean Dodds – Feline Vaccination Protocol”

  1. Annette says:

    Hi what do you recommend for a senior male cat 12 yrs old who had never received vaccines who seems to be in perfect health? I adopted him because my friend died and he was his indoor outdoor cat that never left his yard or house. I’m afraid of the Rabies shots .

  2. Hi Dr Dodds,
    I live in San Marcos, Ca San Diego county. In the surrounding areas I am told some dogs are getting Lepto. I met you years ago and still show Standard Poodles since 1969. I also show Bengal Cats. One of my local vets said that cats do not get lepto. I have been on your protocol for years with my Poodles by giving the Dist/Parvo vaccine only. Now, although there are not many dog shows, I still take my Poodles to handling classes and walk them everyday at my local park or the Oceanside Harbor. One of my bitches was bred two weeks ago. Do you recommend that I vaccinate her and my other two Standard Poodles for Lepto? One of my other Standard Poodles is 6 months and the third is 5 years. Thank you and a very Happy Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

    • Please note that this is not where Dr. Dodds will get your messages. This is a site of a non-profit organization that has posted one of her articles or information.
      If you want to reach Dr. Dodds’ office, contact Hemopet in Garden Grove, CA

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