Certain basic vaccinations exist to help your dog live a long and happy life. Some of these vaccines are required by law or by the rules of a boarding facility, and some are aimed at preventing disease in the population of dogs that your dog interacts with. A vaccine program can be tailored to fit the needs of your dog based on the lifestyle that is led. For example, a dog that spends a lot of time outside, running through puddles and playing in the woods would need different vaccines than a small dog that barely ever goes outside and is never around other dogs. Your veterinarian can help you decide on the best vaccination program to help your dog live a long and happy life.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Several vaccinations can be offered to adult dogs, depending on their lifestyle. DA2PP, also known as the “distemper” vaccination protects against several serious diseases. The Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is vital for dogs that get groomed regularly, go to playdates, and go to parks or boarding facilities. The Lyme disease vaccine would be something to consider if your dog spends a lot of time in the woods or long grass where ticks are often present, as Lyme is carried by certain types of ticks. Leptospirosis is usually caused by contact with the urine of infected wildlife and can be transmitted from dog to human. If your dog spends a lot of time outside, the Leptospirosis vaccine should be considered to protect your pet and yourself. Finally, the Rabies vaccine is the last vaccine that is offered to adult dogs. Some grooming facilities actually require that the pet to have this vaccine prior to being groomed as it is another disease that is transmissible to humans.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?:
Vaccinations like DA2PP and Rabies are often given every 3 years in an ADULT dog, while Lyme, Lepto and Bordetella are required yearly to maintain the dog’s immunity. Vaccinations are usually given during your dog’s yearly examination with the veterinarian. The vaccination schedule for puppies is different than that of an adult dog.
Why is it important to vaccinate?
Vaccinating your dogs gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your pet is protected from common diseases, and also assures that your dog won’t be responsible for giving you a transmissible disease. Vaccinations aide in the health of your pet and of the entire dog population, and ensures that his/her immunity is strong.