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Dog Vaccines

Rabies

Rabies is a fatal virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals and people.
  • State law requires annual vaccination for dogs and cats
  • Animals must be at least 12 weeks of age to receive this vaccination

DALPP (adult dog 5-in-1 distemper combo)

  • Booster 3-4 weeks following initial vaccine
  • Vaccinate annually
D – Distemper – an often fatal virus affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems
A – Adenovirus – Type 1: a virus affecting the liver, kidneys and blood vessels
Type 2: a virus affecting the respiratory system
L – Leptospirosis – a bacterial disease that can cause kidney and liver damage and hemorrhaging
P – Parainfluenza – an occasionally fatal virus affecting the upper respiratory system
P – Parvovirus – an often fatal virus that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea

DAPP (puppy distemper combo)

  • Must be at least 6 weeks of age to receive this vaccination
  • Booster every 3-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age, then again every year
  • Includes the above except Leptospirosis

Bordetella (Kennel cough)

  • A bacterial infection affecting the respiratory system
  • Recommended for dogs who are boarded, groomed or exposed to other dogs on a regular basis
  • Must be at least 6 weeks of age to receive this vaccination

Heartworm Test

  • Though there is no vaccination against heartworm disease, it is important to protect your dog against this potentially deadly parasite
  • Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes that inject the microfilaria (baby heartworm) when they bite a dog
  • Monthly heartworm preventative is recommended year-round beginning at 3 months of age
  • Annual testing is important to make sure your dog remains heartworm negative, even if your dog receives preventative every month.