Just like humans, dogs need to be vaccinated against harmful diseases on a regular basis. You likely know that puppies need a series of shots in the early weeks of their life, but did you know that adult dogs need regular vaccines as well? Many pet owners put off getting their pet’s annual vaccinations because they don’t think there’s a chance they can get sick. However, your dog can catch a dangerous virus from all sorts of places from the dog park, on walks, and even in your own backyard.
There are few core vaccines that every dog should have on a regular basis. These are typically administered annually, but not always. Core vaccines include:
Rabies is a viral disease that can be spread amongst all mammals. That means your pet can pick up rabies, not only from other dogs, but from cats, rats, raccoons, and all sorts of other animals. Unfortunately, for most dogs, a rabies diagnosis is fatal. That’s why it’s so important to protect your pet against this awful disease. Rabies shots are administered every 1-3 years.
Distemper is a very contagious viral disease that attacks your pet’s lymph nodes and tonsils. Once a dog is infected, this virus will go on to attack their gastrointestinal, respiratory, and nervous symptoms. There is no cure for distemper, however, some dogs are able to recover if their symptoms are treated.
Parvo is typically spread through the feces of infected dogs. For that reason, it is very common in young puppies. This is unfortunate because their young immune systems are typically not strong enough to battle this terrible disease. Dogs with parvo will typically experience diarrhea, vomiting and subsequent dehydration and lethargy.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a highly infectious disease that can be spread through the air surrounding an infected pet. Bordetella causes fever, nasal discharge, and sneezing. Eventually, the disease will cause havoc on the lining of your dog’s trachea. Bordetella can sometimes be treated with antibiotics; however, you must take care to isolate the infected pet to make sure that he/she does not spread the bacteria to other animals.
Depending on your lifestyle and the area you live in, your veterinarian may recommend some additional vaccinations for your dog. These might include:
· Lyme Disease
· Canine Influenza
· Rattlesnake Bite
If you’re unsure which vaccinations your pet needs, contact our office and one of our experienced team members can give you some guidance. At All Pets Medical & Surgical Center, we treat dog against these terrible diseases every day. It’s heartbreaking to see a pet suffer when their illness could have been avoided through proper immunization.
For vaccinations and all of your pet’s other medical needs, call on the local experts in veterinary medicine. At All Pets Medical & Surgical Center, we are always standing by for your pet’s health and wellness needs. We even have 24 hours service for any emergency situations. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.