Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Check those vaccination records so your dog has a happy and healthy National Dog Day

Yesterday was National Dog Day so I thought it was appropriate to discuss one of the best ways to protect our furry little friends.  Vaccines!
Proper vaccination is a great way to protect your dog from serious illness. Here are some common questions regarding immunizations of your dog.

What are vaccines and why are they important?
            Vaccines are products designed to help build your pet’s immune system to help them fight off future infections. Often, vaccines help reduce the severity of disease that can be life threatening.  
            Many of the diseases that we vaccinate against can also cause illness in people. For example leptospirosis, which can cause significant illness in your pet can also make humans very sick and rabies is 100% fatal in both dogs and humans.
What vaccines should your dog receive?
            There are a few vaccines that are considered necessary for the general well being of your pet. These are commonly referred to as Core Vaccines.  
Core vaccinations for dogs are rabies, canine distemper, canine parvovirus and canine hepatitis.
Other vaccinations that are recommended based on disease prevalence and geographic location are non-core vaccines. In this area based on your dog’s lifestyle non-core vaccinations that can be recommended are leptospirosis, kennel cough, and rattlesnake.

What is a typical vaccination plan look like?
            It is typical to start vaccinating puppies at 6-8 weeks of age and then booster them in three to four week intervals until they are 16 weeks of age. After this he or she will be placed on an adult schedule for revaccination.

What are the risks associated with vaccination?
            As with any medical procedure there are some risks involved with vaccinations. Vaccines are designed to stimulate the immune system so some pets will get sleepy, sore, or might develop a small fever.  Some pets, a very small percentage, can develop allergic reactions. However it is important to remember that the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks.

I hope everyone spoiled those sidekicks a little more yesterday. If you have any questions regarding vaccines please feel free to give us a call.