Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs
As a pet owner you protect your pet from preventable disease and illnesses by getting them vaccinated. Vaccinations are the first step in perpetuating good health in dogs. Having your pets vaccinated not only protects your pet, but this ensures the safety of everyone else in the household. At our clinic we provide both core vaccines (required by law) and non-core vaccines to puppies and dogs. To discuss your dog’s vaccinations with a veterinarian call us at 519.641.8383.
What are core and non-core vaccines?
Core vaccines must be given to every dog. The law requires that dogs receive these vaccines because of the severity of the diseases they may develop without the shot. Core vaccines are also essential because of how easily the diseases can spread to other animals and humans. Non-core vaccines are needed based on your pet’s exposure risks. Non-core vaccines also protect against serious diseases but not all pets are exposed to them.
What diseases is my dog protected from when vaccinated?
1. Lyme disease. This disease is transmitted to dogs and humans through ticks. Ticks are generally found in high grass areas and heavily wooded places. The symptoms include arthritis and even death.
2. Canine Hepatitis. Dogs contract this disease when they come in contact with saliva, urine or feces.
3. Canine Distemper. This disease is very contagious and spreads through the eye and nose discharge. Dogs suffering from this disease will often have fever, coughing, diarrhea and vomiting.
4. Rabies. There is no cure for this disease, it affects the nervous system of animals and humans. Rabies is spread through saliva of infected animals when they bite other animals or humans.
5. Canine Parvovirus. This is a contagious disease that is spread through contact with feces. Dogs with this disease will have symptoms of high fever, vomiting, drowsiness and diarrhea.
When should my puppy or dog be vaccinated?
A puppy should begin their first round of vaccinations between 6-8 weeks old. These vaccinations should be done every three weeks until they are 4-months-old. Adult dogs should get their booster shots at least once per year. Booster shots are given based on how long each shot is effective for. Our team will recommend a vaccination schedule for your pet, which must be adhered to. If too much time passes between each shot, your pet may have to redo the series again.