Recommended Vaccine Protocol (DOGS)
Many serious infectious diseases contracted by our pets can be prevented by vaccination. Most dogs will come in contact with an infectious disease at some time during their life. Even indoor animals can be exposed to viruses carried in the air, on clothing, or on your hands. Vaccines work for pets just like they do for people. Vaccinations help eliminate the need for costly treatments or even prevent the premature death of your pet. We follow the recommendation of American Veterinary Medical Association to set our vaccine protocol. We divide the available vaccines as ‘core’ and ‘non core’ vaccines. Puppies should not be taken out into high exposure areas (ie: to dog parks, or around other dogs that have unknown vaccination history) until 10 days AFTER their vaccination series have been completed to allow the vaccines adequate time to create the proper immune response.
CORE VACCINES (DOGS)
DAPPv is also known as the canine distemper combination. It is a four-way vaccine that protects against distemper, andenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Vaccination should begin at 8 weeks of age. Boosters are given every 3-4 weeks until the puppy has reached 16 weeks of age or older. After the initial series the vaccine is boosted in one year, and every three years after that.
Rabies is a fatal disease with no known treatment options. As you may be aware, this disease has serious public health significance, and vaccination against rabies in dogs is required by law. The first vaccine is given when a puppy is 16 weeks of age or older. This must be boosted one year after the initial vaccine, and then every three years after that.
NON CORE VACCINES (DOGS)
BORDETELLA (Infectious Tracheobroncitis)
One could compare Bordetella in dogs to the common cold in humans. Dogs may be infected directly, but Bordetella can also be transmitted through air from other dogs. The chance of your dog getting kennel cough is much higher when he or she is exposed to other carrier dogs in a contained space, as in a boarding facility. A series of two vaccinations is started anytime after 8 weeks and then boosted annually. However, some kennels require the vaccine to be given every 6 months. The vaccine does not give complete immunity, however it reduces symptoms significantly.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be found in many animals, including wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons, and livestock. The bacteria is passed from the urine of the infected animal into water sources. The disease causes liver and kidney failure in dogs. The Lepto vaccine is started anytime after 12 weeks of age, and is given in a series of two vaccines 3-4 weeks apart. After that, the vaccine is boosted yearly.