What vaccinations does my dog need?
Every animal needs to be vaccinated differently. The vaccines that your pet needs depends on their exposure. This is why we may ask you: Is your dog mostly indoor or outdoor? Does your dog ever board at a kennel? Do you travel with your pet? Does your dog go to the groomer?
We only use high quality vaccines with a low rate of vaccine reactions
Brief overview of the vaccinations:
Rabies vaccination. This is a vaccine that is required by law. The first time your pet received this vaccine, it is good for 1 year. Then, it is valid for 3 years. When your pet receives a rabies vaccine, they will also get a rabies tag (for their collar) and a rabies certificate.
Distemper/Parvo vaccination. This vaccine protects against contagious diseases that dogs can get from other dogs. This is one of the “core” vaccines- meaning that every dog should be vaccinated for Distemper & Parvovirus. This vaccine is often shortened “DA2PP”. We use a 3 year DA2PP vaccination.
Leptospirosis vaccination. This is considered a “non-core” vaccine, but we are starting to recommend this for almost every dog in the area. It protects dogs against a bacterial disease called Leptospirosis. This bacteria is shed by wildlife, in their urine. We have a lot of wildlife in this area, hence why Leptospirosis is on the rise. Leptospirosis can also infect people. Every year, Redstone Animal Hospital sees a few dogs with Leptospirosis. It tends to be a Fall disease. After being boostered, Lepto is an annual vaccination
Bordetella vaccination. This vaccination is recommended for “social” dogs. Does your dog board? Go to the groomer? Go to the dog park? If yes- you should have your pet vaccinated for kennel cough. Kennel cough is a bacteria that causes a persistent cough and/or nasal discharge in infected dogs.
Influenza vaccination. (“Canine Flu”) If your dog is getting the Bordetella vaccination, they would also benefit from a canine influenza vaccination as well. The canine flu is a respiratory virus- causing a cough and even sometimes a life-threatening pneumonia in some dogs. Colorado is one of the “hot spots” for dog flu. http://www.doginfluenza.com/