Dog Vaccination

Guard your companion from life-threatening illnesses through regular vaccinations. We’ll create a custom schedule for your pet’s immediate health situation.

Vaccinations and Pet Safety

Similar to humans, pets are apt to experience mild side effects for up to 24 hours after vaccinations, including lethargy and slight soreness at the vaccination site. However, in our medical opinion, these minor and temporary side effects are worth the protection against disease—and your peace of mind as a pet owner! If you have any questions or concerns about how your pet will respond to vaccinations, we are here to provide support and answers.

While every pet should be vaccinated, we recommend only what’s truly necessary for your dog long-term health. Here are the vaccines we can provide at our veterinary clinic:

CANINE DISEASES AND SIGNS 

(Information gathered from the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA)

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Canine Distemper

Vaccination against this often-fatal, hard-to-treat disease is absolutely essential. Highly contagious, it is spread by discharge from the nose and eyes of infected dogs. Signs can include listlessness, fever, coughing, diarrhea, and vomiting; convulsions and paralysis may occur in the disease’s final stages. The distemper virus attacks many organs, including the nervous system, which may be permanently
damaged even if the dog recovers.

Canine Parvovirus

Very contagious, debilitating, and widespread, the disease caused by this virus emerged in many parts of the world in 1978. Spread through infected feces, the highly resistant virus can remain in the environment for many years. Signs are most severe in young pups and include high fever, listlessness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Vaccination is the best means of preventing this potentially fatal disease.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Caused by canine adenovirus type 1, this disease is transmitted among dogs by contact with secretions, such as saliva, infected urine, or feces. Its signs are similar to those of the early stages of distemper. Causing liver failure and eye damage, this disease can range from mild to fatal. Vaccination remains the best protection.

Rabies

This incurable viral disease affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. It is spread through contact with the saliva of infected animals (such as skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats) through bites or any break in the skin. Vaccination will provide your dog with a much greater resistance to rabies if it is exposed to the disease. You should be aware that there is no cure once it occurs. For this reason, many municipalities require that all dogs receive rabies vaccinations on a regular basis. Plus, you will definitely have to provide vaccination records if you want to travel with your dog across the country or around the world.

Dog Vaccination Guide Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

Two different canine influenza strains (H3N8 and H3N2) have been isolated in the United States. The two strains are not related. Canine Influenza virus strain H3N8 is of equine origin and canine influenza strain H3N2 is of avian origin. Therefore, dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. If your dog gets vaccinated for canine cough (see below), vaccination may be recommended since dogs are at risk for both diseases if they mingle with other dogs at places like boarding kennels, training facilities, dog shows, veterinary hospitals, grooming salons, or local parks.

Canine Tracheobronchitis (Canine Cough)

A highly contagious infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract of the dog, canine cough is spread through coughing and sneezing. Bordetella bacteria commonly cause canine cough, which is why boarding facilities require vaccination against it. Canine cough can also be caused by respiratory viruses, such as canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type 2. Your dog can catch the disease simply by being in close proximity to an infected dog.

Other Vaccinations

After evaluating your dog’s particular situation and risk factors, your veterinarian may also recommend vaccination against other infectious diseases. These may include:

          LEPTOSPIROSIS, an infectious disease that attacks the kidneys and liver and is caused by bacteria that live in standing water. Dogs can get leptospirosis by swimming or playing in water contaminated with urine from infected animals.

VACCINATIONS: WHY & WHEN

One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common canine diseases. Be sure to follow the advice of your veterinarian to determine the vaccinations needed to protect your dog.
During the first few weeks after birth, your dog received disease-fighting cells and proteins—called antibodies— in his or her mother’s milk, which provided immunity from disease. After this period, vaccines are needed to protect your dog against disease.

The immunity that a puppy acquires at birth is temporary and begins to diminish sometime between 6 and 12 weeks. Initial vaccination usually occurs at 6 weeks of age and is repeated every 2–4 weeks until the puppy is between 3–4 months old. Thereafter, your dog will require repeat vaccinations at regular intervals for the rest of his or her life. Otherwise, your dog may not be protected. Above all, follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinarian.

Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria, or other disease-causing organisms that stimulate your dog’s immune system to produce antibodies.

Veterinarians agree that your pet should be protected against those diseases that are most common, highly contagious, and cause serious illness. These diseases could include canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus, and rabies. Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on your veterinarian’s evaluation of the risks posed by such factors as your dog’s particular environment and lifestyle.

Like any medical procedure, there is a small chance of side effects with vaccination. Common side effects are mild and include soreness or swelling at the injection site, fever, or decreased appetite. Rare side effects such as allergic reactions may occur within hours. If this happens, call your veterinarian immediately. The risks of side effects are much smaller than the risks posed by the disease. And vaccination is more convenient when you consider the costs of treating a serious illness in terms of money and distress.

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