Vaccine Services

Does it ever seem like your pet’s vaccination records look like some sort of alphabet soup of random letters? DAP, DHPP-C, CiV, FVRCP, etc… etc…

And anything called an “intranasal vaccination” sounds horrific (but it’s really not – there is no needle used to administer an intranasal vaccine, it’s just a squirt-squirt in the nostrils).

Please know you can count on the veterinarians at Porte Veterinary Hospital to stay abreast of the current vaccination guidelines for your companion animals here in our neck-of-the-woods.

In addition, the veterinarians here in our neighborhood animal hospital in Campbell are not forced to conform to a one-size-fits-all corporate policy or protocol like those big box corporate vet clinics.

Each pet is evaluated on an individual basis which means we’ll chat with you about your pet’s unique lifestyle (indoor vs outdoor cat, or dogs who visit boarding kennels vs dogs who rarely leave the living room couch, etc.) and together we will make the decisions in the best interest of your pet’s health.

Core Vaccines for Dogs:


DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus). This vaccine may also be noted as DAPP (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus). The adenovirus and hepatitis virus are, in this case, the same disease being vaccinated against.

Note: This vaccine is commonly referred to as the distemper parvo shot.


Used to be a lifestyle vaccine but is now recommended as a core vaccine in northern California, especially with pets who go hiking, camping, etc.


Bordetella vaccinates against a highly contagious upper respiratory condition which causes severe coughing.

Note: This vaccine is sometimes referred to as the kennel cough shot.


The Rabies vaccine is required by law because it is a fatal disease when contracted by mammals and can be spread to humans, too. If you are at all concerned about the potential risk associated with the rabies vaccine, please openly share your concerns with your veterinarian. Again, since rabies is a public health threat, we must carefully weigh the risk:benefit elements before we decide upon a vaccination course for your individual pet.

CiV Canine Influenza

The Canine Influenza vaccine vaccinates your dog against both H3N8 and H3N2 strains of the dog flu.

Note: This vaccine is commonly referred to as the dog flu shot.

Core Vaccines for Cats:


FVRCP vaccine for cats stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia

Note: This vaccine is sometimes referred to as the upper respiratory combination shot.


The feline rabies vaccine is required by law for all cats, indoor and outdoor. As any pet that bites a human may be required to get quartered or euthanized and tested if human risk is determined. Together, we’ll plan a vaccination protocol which is in the best interest of your pets.


This vaccine protects against Feline Leukemia. A virus that is spread by bodily fluid contact and it is potentially fatal. Outdoor cats are more susceptible to contracting and spreading this disease.

Should your cat be vaccinated against these diseases? There are many factors your veterinarian will discuss with you upon evaluating your cat’s health and unique lifestyle. The veterinarians here at Porte are not bound by a one-size-fits-all corporate policy and will custom tailor the appropriate vaccination protocol for your unique pet.