Vaccines for Dogs (Canine)

The following is a general list of the vaccines available for your dog and a brief description of what they vaccinate against and which patient may benefit from the vaccine, as well as recommended vaccination schedule.
Distemper combination (DAPP) – Vaccinates against Distemper, canine adenovirus –2, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. This is typically the vaccine that is received by puppies at approximately 8, 11, and 14 weeks of age and by adult dogs annually. The diseases that it helps prevent are serious and life threatening and remain threats to dogs’ health to this day. Once the dog is an adult it may be vaccinated every three (3) years or titers (level of immunity) may be checked via a blood test to be sure your pet is adequately immunized. If your dog is an adult and has not been vaccinated at VCS, we will recommend a titer or vaccination prior to achieving the every three-year schedule.

Bordetella bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough) – Initially given at 6-8 weeks of age and at 10-12 weeks of age. Then annually for patients at risk (regular grooming, boarding, daycare). In other words, dogs that are commonly exposed to new dogs. Vaccination 1 week prior to boarding is recommended for other dogs that have a lower risk of exposure.
Rabies – This vaccine is given at approximately 12-16 weeks of age and then repeated at one year of age. After the vaccine may be administered every three years.

Borrelia burgdorfi (Lymes Disease) – This vaccine is only recommended for pets that have a high risk of exposure (dogs that are hunting or working dogs or dogs that live in areas that the disease is most prevalent). In a pup the recommendation is to vaccinate at nine weeks and then again 2-4 weeks later. For an adult, we recommend two (2) vaccines 2-4 weeks apart.

The Leptospirosis vaccine is recommended for animals at risk of exposure. Dogs that are used for hunting, herding, or living in a rural environment where exposure to raccoons and other wild animals is possible. Vaccination at 12 and 16 weeks of age for pups and two (2) doses 2-4 weeks apart for adults is recommended. Annual boosters are necessary.

Vaccine Reactions

Your pet was vaccinated today at Veterinary Care Specialists. Most pets that receive vaccines do not demonstrate reactions to their vaccines. However, vaccine reactions can occur.

Here are some signs of a vaccine reaction: 

  • Lethargy and fever:  If a fever rises above 103F or persists longer than 1-2 hours, please have your pet re-evaluated.
  • Rash or hives, facial swelling:  If this occurs we recommend you have the pet re-evaluated, medications can be administered that will diminish the allergic response and prevent it from affecting your pets ability to breath and swallow.
  • Vomiting:  A single incidence of vomiting is acceptable, but should it persist, please return to the hospital.
  • Collapse:  Return to the hospital immediately.
Vaccine reactions are rare and usually mild, but if you have any questions it is always best that you call.
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