Vaccines are one of the best ways to keep your dog healthy. It can be hard to know which vaccines to choose. Our team is here to help you find the best vaccine schedule for your canine companion.
When should my dog receive their first vaccine?
We suggest starting the vaccine process when your dog is 6 to 8 weeks old, when maternal antibodies have started to wane. Your dog will receive their second dose at 12 weeks old and their last shot at 16 weeks.
What vaccines are available for dogs?
There are several. Our staff will help you make sure your pet is fully protected.
DHPP: This is the core vaccine that protects against the life-threatening diseases of distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.
Leptospirosis: Leptospira is a bacteria found in water contaminated by the urine of wild animals. Your dog can get infected by drinking the water or walking and swimming in it. Humans can also get the disease.
Lyme: Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. It is important to note that not all ticks carry Lyme disease.
Rabies: Rabies is a deadly, incurable disease that can also be spread to humans. The vaccine is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended.
Kennel cough: Bordetella is spread through the nasal and oral discharge of infected dogs. Symptoms include cough, loss of appetite and lethargy. Kennels and grooming salons typically require the Bordetella vaccine.
How often should my dog get their vaccines?
It depends on the vaccine. That said, annual booster shots are recommended for Lyme disease, leptospirosis and kennel cough. Booster shots for DHPP and rabies are administered every 3 years.