Vaccinations are a critical part of preventative care for your dog or cat. Vaccinations will protect your pet from contracting harmful diseases. Vaccinations are typically started around 6-8 weeks of age and continued through 15 weeks of age, then annually after that. The vets at German Village Veterinary Hospital offer a range of vaccinations for pets in Columbus, Ohio.

The most common vaccinations are:


  • Da2PLP or DHLPP: is also known as distemper/parvo vaccine or 6-in-1. What do the letters stand for? D=Distemper, A2=Adenovirus type 2 or H=Hepatitis, L=Leptospirosis, P=Parvovirus, P=Parainfluenza. This vaccine is started at 6-8 weeks for puppies and boostered every 2-4 weeks until the puppy is about 15 weeks old. It is then given annually after that.
  • Bordetella: also known as the kennel cough vaccine. We carry both the intranasal and injectable forms. This vaccine is given at 8 weeks of age or older. Bordetella is given annually, but some daycares and boarding facilities require it every 6 months.
  • Rabies: This vaccine can be given as early as 12 weeks of age. The first time your dog receives the rabies vaccine, it will be good for 1 year. Each subsequent rabies vaccine will be good for 3 years.


  • FVRCP: also called the distemper vaccine The letters stand for: F=Feline, V=Vaccine, R=Rhonitracheitis, C=Calicivirus, P=Panleukopenia. This vaccine is usually started at 6-8 weeks and boostered every 2-4 weeks until 15-16 weeks of age. It is given yearly thereafter.
  • Leukemia: this vaccine is started at 9 weeks of age and boostered in 2-4 weeks, then annually thereafter. We will usually drop the Leukemia vaccine if your cat is at low risk and has had the vaccination for about 2 years. If your cat socializes with other cats or goes outdoors, we recommend annual vaccination.
  • Rabies: This vaccine can be given as early as 12 weeks of age and is given annually thereafter.