Frequently asked Questions about Dog Vaccines

Questions for Dog Vaccines

What vaccines are recommended?

We recommend for every dog to be vaccinated with the Distemper and Rabies Vaccine. Other vaccines available are Lyme and Bordetella.

What do the vaccines prevent against?

Rabies Vaccine prevents against the rabies virus which is fatal in both people and pets. It is required by law.

Distemper Vaccine prevents against several viruses and a bacterial disease.

The most obvious one being Distemper. This is a virus that causes respiratory disease, vomiting, diarrhea and neurological signs. It can be fatal. Parainfluenza and Adenovirus are both respiratory viruses. Parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells like the white blood cells and cells in the intestinal tract. This causes low blood cell counts and bloody vomiting and diarrhea. This virus can be fatal.

Corona virus causes a viral diarrhea.

Leptospirosis is in the adult vaccines. This is a bacteria excreted through the urine of infected animals causing liver and kidney damage. It is usually found in standing water.

Lyme Vaccine prevents against Lyme disease. This is a disease transmitted by ticks that causes high fevers, joint pain and sometimes kidney and heart issues.

Bordetella Vaccine prevents against kennel cough which is tracheobronchitis.

How often does my pet need vaccines?

Rabies Vaccine is given every 3 years. However the first vaccine has to be boostered in one year.

Distemper Vaccine is given yearly. However in puppies or dogs who have never been vaccinated a series of 2 or 3 boosters separated by 3 weeks apart will be needed.

Lyme Vaccine is also given yearly. But once again if this is the first time for the vaccine a booster has to be given 3 weeks later.

Bordetella Vaccine is usually given yearly, however some boarding kennels require the vaccine to be given every 6 months.

Are there any reactions I should look for?

Some dogs can have allergic reactions to certain vaccines. The smaller dogs have the most sensitivity. They can have a reaction to any vaccine but the Leptospirosis Vaccine they seem to have the most sensitivity. Usually the signs occur any where from immediately to 5 hours. They include facial swelling, hives, scratching, vomiting and collapse. If you see any of the signs you should contact us immediately.

What can I do if I can't give my dog vaccines?

We can take a blood sample and check titers. These are measures of how the body has responded to the vaccine.