There is so much controversy surrounding vaccines these days. Should I vaccinate every year as my veterinarian recommends or should I vaccinate every 3 years or not at all? These are just a few of the many questions that we are asked every day. While we understand the concerns that owners have with “over-vaccination”, let us take a moment to explain why we recommend yearly vaccines. First, we need to take a look at the diseases that are prevalent in our area.
The Parvo Virus is one that we see frequently in young dogs that have either never been vaccinated or have not completed the vaccine series. We have also seen Parvo in older dogs that have never been vaccinated or have gone several years between vaccines. Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce life threatening illness. The virus attacks the intestinal tract causing severe vomiting, bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea, lethargy, and loss of appetite that can lead to life threatening dehydration.
Another disease that we have seen frequent due to an increase in the tick population is Lymes disease. Lymes disease is caused by tick bites. For most flea and tick medications to work, the parasite must bite the animal. While the tick will die after biting the dog, there is still the potential for the disease to be transmitted. Lymes disease causes recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be lack of appetite and depression. The most serious complications can include damage to the kidneys and sometimes the heart or nervous system disease.
Bordetella is a disease that we treat almost weekly. It has commonly been called “kennel cough’, but bordetella is not just in kennels. Anytime your dog is exposed to another dog, it can get Bordetella. Whether it be the pet store, a walk, the dog park, or any where else that another dog may have been, your dog can become exposed. Bordetella is a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans. If left untreated, it can develop into something more serious like pneumonia. Many dogs are presented gagging and coughing up a white foamy phlegm. Some may also develop a fever and nasal discharge.
The diseases that we vaccinate against are hard on the dog’s body and are costly to treat. A simple yearly vaccine can help to prevent disease and keep your pet healthy. Why treat when we can prevent?
Below is our recommended vaccine schedule:
6wks of Age: DHPP + Corona + deworming
9wks of Age: DHPP + Corona + deworming
12wks of Age: DHLPP + Bordetella + deworming
15wks of Age: DHLPP + Rabies (1yr) + deworming
If you have a MATURE DOG that is new to our clinic with no vaccine history:
- 1st Visit: DHLPP + Rabies 1yr + Heartworm Test + Fecal sample to lab+ Deworming
- 2nd Visit: (weeks apart) DHLPP + Bordetella+ Deworming
If you are an EXISTING CLIENT with a current vaccine history:
- Yearly Vaccines: DHLPP + Bordetella + Lymes Disease (Canine Distemper, Histoplasmosis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus, Bordetella Bronchiseptica, and Lymes.)
- Rabies: The first Rabies vaccine is effective for 1 year. Subsequent Rabies vaccines are given once every 3yrs, provided that it is given ON TIME.
Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions regarding the vaccines listed or any of the diseases that are covered and we will be happy to answer them!