Vaccines needed for each dog varies depending on their lifestyle and what risks they may be exposed to. During your pet’s annual visit with us, we will discuss which vaccines will keep your fur baby best protected in their everyday lives.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccinating your dog helps protect them from many illnesses, some of which are fatal, and from highly contagious diseases, which may also spread to humans. Annual appointments should be scheduled to follow a vaccination protocol for the best protection possible.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for dogs?
We offer 6 vaccines; the distemper complex, rabies vaccine, Bordetella, Lyme, DA2PP, and Leptospirosis.
- Distemper Complex: Protects against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus and coronavirus. Some of these diseases can be spread to humans. These diseases attack the respiratory system, liver, kidneys, and intestines. They may also cause joint pain and lethargy.
- Rabies: Rabies is incurable and fatal; it affects the nervous system and can be spread to humans. Vaccinating against rabies is required by law.
- Bordetella: More commonly known as kennel cough, the Bordetella vaccine protects against a virus which can cause coughing and sneezing, and is spread through direct contact. This vaccine is required when boarding dogs in a kennel or daycare. This vaccine may be an oral or injectable version.
- Lyme: Lyme is a disease spread by the deer tick to a dog when bitten. This disease is known to cause issues with the joints and kidneys. The vaccine is highly recommended for dogs who live or travel in Lyme endemic areas.
- DA2PP: This complex protects against distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus.
- Leptospirosis: This vaccine only protects against leptospirosis.
When do I vaccinate my new puppy?
Puppies require three sets of vaccines to properly prepare their little bodies to fight off the contagious and deadly diseases, out in that big new world. They receive their first set of vaccines at 8 weeks of age, then again at 12 and 16 weeks of age. We not only give them their vaccinations but a wellness exam to ensure they are happy, and healthy, and progressing properly for their age.
At 8 weeks of age they will receive their first vaccine (DA2PP) which will include distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. At 12 weeks, they receive a boost of the original complex, with the addition of protection against coronavirus, and leptospirosis. At 16 weeks, they receive a final booster of the distemper complex, and a rabies vaccination. At their final vaccine appointment, you may opt for them to receive the Bordetella and Lyme vaccines based on lifestyle and exposure risk.
How should I prepare my puppy for their first vaccination visit?
You and your puppy should not be scared to come to visit us at the veterinary clinic. Before your puppy’s first vaccination appointment with us, schedule a time to come in just for a visit, step on the scale, meet our staff and get some treats. We want to ensure you both know that the veterinary clinic can be a fun place, and not just for check-ups and vaccinations. By taking that first car ride and visit with us before the first vaccines, it ensures that the next time you come in will be way less stressful for you both.
How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?
The vaccine protocol for each dog differs based on health, age, lifestyle and exposure risks. During your annual visit with your fur-baby, we will provide your dog with a comprehensive physical exam and discuss what vaccines will best suit their needs. Please call our clinic today with any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines and the costs associated.