Protect Your Pet with At-Home Vaccines

CHOOSING A VACCINE

Canine Spectra by Durvet offers two options of vaccines for both dogs and puppies, one including the antigen for the Coronavirus (Spectra 6 and 10) and one without (Spectra 5 and 9). A recommended vaccination schedule should start at or about 6 weeks of age with either Spectra 5 or 6. The presence of maternal antibody is known to interfere with the development of active immunity. Puppies should be revaccinated every 2 to 3 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age. All dogs over 12 weeks of age should initially receive one dose of Spectra 9 or 10 and a second dose 2 to 3 weeks later. Annual revaccination with a single dose is recommended.

Feline Focus is the only cat vaccine currently offered by Durvet. It covers cats and kittens 8 weeks of age and older for the three core cat vaccines.Due to maternal antibodies in kittens, repeated vaccinations are recommended until 12 weeks of age. See recommended vaccination protocol for a complete schedule.

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Puppies 8 weeks and under:

Spectra 5 | 5-way protection – Ideal economic first shot for puppies
The Spectra 5 vaccine is a combination of immunogenic, attenuated strains of Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The CAV-2 fraction cross-protects against respiratory infection caused by infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1).

Spectra 66-way protection – Ideal first puppy vaccine with CORONA for added peace-of-mind
The Spectra 6 vaccine is a combination of immunogenic, attenuated strains of Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The diluent contains killed antigens for Canine Coronavirus Vaccine. The CAV-2 fraction cross-protects against respiratory infection caused by infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1).

Puppies and Dogs over 8 weeks:

Spectra 99-way protection – Economical booster
The Spectra 9 vaccine is a combination of immunogenic, attenuated strains of Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The diluent contains killed antigens for Leptospira Canicola-Grippotyphosa-Icterohaemorrhagiae-Pomona bacterial extract. The CAV-2 fraction cross-protects against respiratory infection caused by infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1).

Spectra 10 | 10-way protection – a comprehensive booster for multi-dog owners, breeders, and shelters
The Spectra 10 vaccine is a combination of immunogenic, attenuated strains of Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus Type 2 (CAV-2), Canine Parainfluenza, and Canine Parvovirus Type 2b, propagated in cell line tissue cultures. The diluent contains killed antigens for Canine Coronavirus Vaccine-Leptospira Canicola-Grippotyphosa- Icterohaemorrhagiae-Pomona bacterial extract. The CAV-2 fraction cross-protects against respiratory infection caused by infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1).

Focus Cat Vax 3 | 3-way protection
Focus is designed for subcutaneous vaccinations of healthy cats, eight weeks of age or older, as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia (feline distemper) viruses. Each of the viruses are widespread and are common disease-causing agents in cats.

VACCINATING AT HOME

Vaccinating your pet at home can be quick, easy, and less expensive. It may also be less stressful for your pet to not have to travel. However, there are important considerations before vaccinating at home.

Only vaccinate healthy animals. Animals incubating any disease or stressed due to shipping, malnutrition, or parasitism may not achieve or maintain an adequate immune response.

Although rare, severe allergic reactions (anaphylactoid) may occur that require immediate veterinary care. ANTIDOTE: EPINEPHRINE

It is a good idea to speak with your veterinarian before beginning an at-home vaccination protocol.

Syringes and needles are considered hazardous waste and they must be disposed of accordance with local laws and regulations. They CANNOT be put in the trash or recycling. Most cities and counties offer a sharps or medical waste program. Contact your local government for disposal details. Vials and unused contents should be burned or disposed of the same way.

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DO-IT-YOURSELF VACCINATION GUIDE

by Durvet

Each single-dose bag of Canine Spectra or Feline Focus vaccine contains a syringe and two vials – one with liquid contents and one with freeze-dried contents. Use immediately after mixing as shown below. The dosage is 1 mL injected subcutaneously.

Step One:
Open syringe by twisting or tapping the cap against a hard surface to break the heat weld. Insert the needle directly through the cap of the vial containing liquid. Withdraw the contents into the syringe.

Step Two:
Inject the syringe contents into the vial containing freeze-dried material and shake well.

Step Three:
Withdraw the entire vaccine mixture (1 mL) into the syringe. Remove any air by gently pushing the plunger until the vaccine just begins to flow from the needle.

Step Four:
The vaccine will be injected subcutaneously. The recommended vaccination site is the loose skin at the back of the neck and shoulder. Gently grasp and elevate a fold of loose skin. Insert the needle into the soft tissue directly under the skin and inject the entire contents of the syringe. Do not inject directly into a blood vessel. IMPORTANT NOTE: Before injecting vaccine, pull back slightly on syringe plunger. If blood enters the syringe freely, choose another injection site.