PAW Fund uses only high-quality vaccines. We provide the core vaccines recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Core vaccines are those that prevent high-risk diseases or diseases that can pose a risk to humans.
For puppies and dogs, we offer DAPP and rabies vaccines. For kittens and cats, we offer the FRVCP vaccine and rabies, which is the same vaccine used in dogs.
All core vaccines at our clinics are free. If you can make a contribution, that’s great. If you can’t, that’s okay, too.
Low-Cost Pet Care
If your pet needs to see a vet for basic care or needs vaccines that we don’t offer, we recommend Pet Vet PetFood. They have a location in El Cerrito which has a vet present on Friday and Saturday 10am – 3pm and the store in Oakland has the vet there on Sunday and Monday 10am – 3pm. Every week! They offer a pet exam for $20 and lower-cost vaccines than anywhere else.
Dewormers and Flea Preventatives
We provide de-wormers for free, but we do need to ask for a $5 contribution toward flea preventives.
For puppies and dogs, we offer both the DHPP vaccine and the rabies vaccine at no cost. We also offer $5 bordetella vaccines for dogs who are at risk for kennel cough.
DHPP (or DAPP) Vaccine
The DHPP vaccine protects against 4 viruses:
- Distemper virus. Attacks the lungs and affects the function of the brain and spinal cord. This can be fatal.
- Hepatitis. (Caused by adenovirus). Affects the liver and can cause loss of vision.
- Parainfluenza. Respiratory virus that causes coughing.
- Parvovirus. Attacks the lining of the intestinal tract and damages the heart of very young puppies. This can be fatal.
Puppies must be vaccinated every 3 – 4 weeks until they’re 16 weeks old. Dogs need to be vaccinated again one year after the final puppy vaccine. That vaccine will be good for three years.
Although rabies is rare, it is usually fatal for both dogs and humans. We prefer to wait to give a rabies vaccine until a pup has completed the DHPP shots.
If this is your dog’s first rabies vaccine (or if you don’t have proof that your dog has had a rabies vaccine) the vaccine is only good for a year. After that, the booster shots are valid for three years.
Non-core Vaccines for Dogs
Some dogs (like dogs that live in a high-risk area or dogs who need to be boarded) might also need these vaccinations:
PAW Fund does have kennel cough (bordetella) vaccines available but we ask that you contribute $5 towards the cost. You can find low cost Leptospirosis or Lyme vaccines at Pet Vet Pet Food locations.
For cats, we offer the FVRCP vaccine and Rabies (it’s the same vaccine given to dogs)
The FVRCP vaccine protects against 3 viruses:
- Panleukopenia (feline distemper)
- Calici virus
- feline herpes virus type I (rhinotracheitis)
Kittens must be vaccinated every 3 – 4 weeks until they’re 16 weeks old. Cats need to be vaccinated again one year after the final kitten vaccine is given. That vaccine will be good for three years.
Non-core Vaccines for Cats
These vaccines are recommended depending on the cat’s lifestyle:
- Feline Leukemia virus
- Chylamydophila Felis
- FIV Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
PAW Fund isn’t able to offer these non-core vaccines, but you can find them at low cost at Pet Vet Pet Food locations.