Vaccines are important to prevent illness not only in your own animal but in the people and animals with which they may come into contact with. There are some vaccines that are considered “core” or essential, such as those for distemper or parvovirus. These are viruses that are recommended to be given on a routine schedule to every dog. Other vaccines for illnesses such as leptospirosis or bordetella may or may not be given routinely based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk of exposure. Your veterinarian will discuss with you what vaccines are necessary to keep your dog healthy.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
There are several different vaccinations available for adult dogs. All dogs should be vaccinated for rabies and often this is required for city licensing. Other than rabies, there are vaccines for distemper parvovirus and adenovirus, bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Your veterinarian can help you determine which illnesses your dog is at risk for and tailor your vaccine protocol to suit your dog’s lifestyle.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
Yes there is, not all vaccines are required every year. For example, rabies vaccines can be scheduled for every three years, while leptospirosis vaccines need to be boostered annually. Your veterinarian will create a vaccine schedule based on your dog’s lifestyle, health status and risk of exposure.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccines prevent illness. Often these illnesses can be life threatening. Some viruses such as rabies and leptospirosis can be transferred to people. It is our responsibility as pet owners to ensure a long and healthy life, not just for our own animals, but those animals and people around us.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
Dogs are not vaccinated against every illness every year. They are placed on a schedule designed by you and your veterinarian, based on your dog’s lifestyle. As costs can vary, it is important to contact your regular veterinarian and discuss which vaccines your pet may be due.