For dogs, the required annual vaccines are Rabies and DHLPP. If the animal is kept up to date on rabies vaccines, booster vaccinations are good for three years. The DHLPP vaccine protects them against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. Many boarders and groomers also require annual Bordatella vaccinations, which protects your dog from kennel cough. We have optional vaccines available for Lyme Disease and Canine Influenza
Want to know more about the diseases for which we recommend vaccination? The links below provide more information on these diseases. Links will open in a new window.
Rabies All dogs and cats should receive vaccines for rabies. If the animal is kept up to date, booster vaccines are good for three years.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect any mammal, including humans. It is transmitted through saliva, usually by a bite from an infected animal. Dogs and cats typically get the furious form of the disease, which involves aggressive behavior changes, slobbering, incoordination, seizures, and progressive paralysis. The paralytic form is also possible, which includes incoordination, paralysis of the throat and chewing muscles, excessive salivation, and inability to swallow. Regardless of the form, once clinical signs are seen, the disease is always fatal.
Even indoor-only pets are at risk for the disease if they get outside or if an infected animal, such as a bat, gets into your home. Also, if your pet bites someone, the repercussions are much more severe if the animal is not up to date on its rabies vaccine. It is very important to keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines to protect the animal, yourself, and others.
Canine Distemper Viral disease that affects many different systems of the body including the upper and lower respiratory systems, GI tract, eyes, and brain. Transmitted by close contact and aerosol droplets from infected animals.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis Viral disease that affects the throat, lungs, eyes, liver, kidneys, GI tract, brain, and other organs. Spread in body fluids from infected and recovered animals via aerosol, direct contact, or indirect contact.
Leptospirosis Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria and is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can be transmitted between animals and people. It can cause liver and kidney disease. The bacteria is usually picked up from a water source that has been contaminated by infected wildlife. Signs vary from mild sickness to severe illness and death. Many dogs develop kidney failure and permanent kidney damage.
Canine Parvovirus Highly contagious virus that causes severe bloody diarrhea, malnourishment, and dehydration. Can also affect other organs including the heart, lungs, and brain. Spreads in bodily fluids. Very hardy in the environment.
Canine Parainfluenza Very contagious viral disease that is part of the "kennel cough complex." Causes coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, and anorexia.
Bordatella (Kennel Cough) Recommended for dogs that have close contact with other dogs. Prevents a bacterial component of the "kennel cough complex." Required by many groomers and boarding facilities.
Lyme Disease Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is carried by ticks. It typically causes lethargy and lameness in dogs.
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