Dog Vaccines

VACCINATIONS: Many serious diseases can be prevented by vaccination. Vaccination is inexpensive protection against costly medical treatment or the premature loss of your dog. Please discuss the following vaccines with one of our Veterinarians.

DAP VACCINE – The so-called “distemper/parvo” vaccine, protects against 3 different infectious diseases: distemper, parvo, and hepatitis. Parvo is a contagious and potentially fatal viral disease whose symptoms include vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Distemper is a contagious and usually fatal virus whose symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, runny nose, runny eyes and seizures. We recommend vaccinating puppies every 3-4 weeks between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks of age; older dogs should receive two initial vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart. Remember: after initial immunity is established, regular DAP boosters are required to maintain immunity.

RABIES VACCINE – Required by law for all dogs 4 months of age or older. Cannot be given before 3 months of age. Must be administered under supervision of a licensed Veterinarian. The first vaccine is good for one year; subsequent boosters are then given every three years. Owners must be able to produce a current rabies certificate. In addition, current rabies tags must be worn by all dogs. Rabies is a fatal disease, which both people and animals may contract through skin wounds.

BORDETELLA – For the prevention of one of the more severe forms of “kennel cough“. This vaccine is generally regarded as optional; however, most kennels, doggy day cares, and dog training organizations will require proof of bordetella vaccination (in addition to rabies and DAP vaccination) before your dog will be admitted. To maintain immunity, annual boosters are required.

LEPTO VACCINE – This vaccine protects against the 4 most common varieties of leptospirosis, a bacterium contagious to people, with the potential to cause serious liver and kidney damage. Ohio is a hotbed for this disease. Immunity is established with two initial vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart, begun after 12 weeks of age. To maintain immunity, annual boosters are required.

OTHER VACCINES – Our Veterinarians may recommend vaccination against other diseases, such as Lyme Disease, based on a current assessment of your dog’s particular risk for exposure. You should discuss with us the need for these vaccines, especially if you intend to travel with your dog.