As a concerned pet parent, you've no doubt given some considerable thought to the subject of vaccines. A topic for intense debate, both for humans and pets, it's safe to say that concerns on both side of the fence have emerged out of love for those we care about.
The purpose of this blog is to discuss some of the core vaccines recommended for dogs because of the risks involved.
The Core Vaccines
The following conditions are all extremely dangerous to your dog. They are often fatal.
- Canine Parvovirus— At this time, there is no cure for the parvo virus. Treatment includes intensive hospital care. Dogs who survive are sometimes left with lifelong difficulties.
- Distemper— Primarily a disease found in younger dogs, the virus that causes it brings on fever, vomiting, lethargy, coughing and catarrh.
- Rabies— This disease progresses very rapidly and can cause death within one week. It can also be passed to humans.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis— This canine virus brings on upper respiratory tract infections, then attacks the liver and other organs.
Finding a pet vaccination clinic is your first defense in keeping to a vaccination schedule, which typically begins at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Boosters are needed by the first birthday, with maintenance every 3 years thereafter.
If you believe your dog was exposed to one of the above viruses, contact your pet vaccination clinic to discuss a booster.
Based on your dog's environment and exposure to diseases, you may want to consider some other vaccines, including those that prevent Kennel Cough, Lyme Disease and Dog Flu.
What About Reactions?
Most dogs have no problem with vaccinations, with few allergic reactions. Nonetheless, it pays to keep an eye on them for 24-48 hours after vaccinating. Report any concerns to your veterinarian immediately.
Whether you need an appointment for vaccinations or just a check-up, we'd love to get to know you and your dog at Intermountain Pet Hospital and Lodge. Contact us today!