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dog-vaccinations

Dog Vaccination

Our feline and canine companions depend on us for all of their health care needs, from diet and exercise to their annual veterinary visits. At the same time, vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious and sometimes deadly diseases. The lifestyle that your pet leads dictates what type of risks they may be exposed to and ultimately what kind of vaccines are needed to keep them protected. At the time of your pet’s veterinary visit, we do a full assessment of your dog’s lifestyle which enables us to provide you with a tailored plan that will help keep your furry friend healthy and happy for many years to come. On your visit, we will discuss the type of vaccines that are available and what part they play in your companion’s day to day health care regime.

What type of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

Each dog has a different lifestyle and vaccines are broken down into core (those that are needed by every dog) and non-core (those only given to a dog whose lifestyle dictates they will be at risk).

Core Vaccines

  • Distemper Complex – protects against a number of viruses that attack multiple body systems including the respiratory and central nervous systems.
  • Canine Parvovirus – which is a highly contagious disease that can affect dogs in all stages of life. It can cause extreme vomiting and diarrhea which causes dehydration and in many cases death.
  • Rabies – a fatal and incurable disease, which attacks the central nervous system of an infected animal.

Non-Core Vaccines

  • Leptospirosis – is a growing concern for dog owners; is caused by bacteria and can be spread through the contaminated urine of rodents, skunks, and raccoons. The bacteria can enter through cuts in the skin and also through mucous membranes such as the nose, mouth, and eyes. Drinking from contaminated water sources is the main source of transmission. This can cause liver and kidney disease in our dogs and can also be passed to people.
  • Bordetella – is commonly called kennel cough – it is caused by a bacteria that causes canine infectious tracheobronchitis. It is highly contagious and easily transmitted through direct contact and is a required vaccination for dogs who will be kenneled or attending doggy daycare.
  • Lyme – Is an infectious tick-borne disease that can cause a myriad of different symptoms which include fever, lameness, loss of appetite and lethargy. Vaccination is recommended for dogs who live or travel to Lyme endemic areas.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?

It is important to vaccinate our dogs to keep their immune system strong against a variety of debilitating diseases. Vaccines help prevent the spread of contagious and often deadly diseases. This is why a vaccination program that is matched to your dog’s lifestyle is an essential part of a healthy life plan.

How much do dog vaccinations cost?

Vaccine protocols vary from dog to dog depending on lifestyle and physical health. Our annual vaccine review includes a comprehensive examination, nutritional consultation as well as discussions on behaviour and lifestyle choices. Please contact the clinic directly, and one of our pet health team members will be happy to answer any questions you have on vaccinations and the costs involved.

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