Vaccines contain killed or altered viruses that when introduced to your pet's body stimulates an immune response. This early introduction teaches their body how to protect against the disease when they encounter it later. Immunity doesn't last forever so your veterinarian will recommend boosters to ensure they have protection. To learn more about vaccines and boosters for your canine pet, feel free to call us at 780-428-8802.
Which vaccines are recommended for puppies?
At our clinic we provide core vaccines that all canine pets should have. These vaccines are a must because they protect from diseases that are fatal and, in some cases, can even spread to humans like Rabies. Puppies are particularly vulnerable because maternal immunity only lasts for a few weeks. The following vaccines are highly recommended for puppies:
- DHPP OR Da2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza)
- Rabies - this is usually administered when the puppy is over 14 weeks old.
What are non-core vaccines for dogs?
Non-core vaccines are recommended based on the pet. If your pet rates high for possible exposure to certain illnesses our veterinarian will recommend additional vaccines like:
- Bordetella or Kennel Cough - this vaccine is highly recommended if you will be attending puppy classes, going to dog parks, or if you live in and go for walks in highly dog trafficked areas.
- Canine parainfluenza - this illness commonly presents as a co-infection with kennel cough.
- Leptospirosis - having an outdoor lifestyle and travelling to endemic areas would cause your veterinarian to recommend this vaccine.
- Lyme disease - going to areas that have ticks such as forests, places with high grass or even wooden piles can increase your pet's risk to this disease.
Are there alternatives to vaccines?
Unfortunately, there are no alternatives to vaccines. When your pet isn't vaccinated, they develop illnesses because their immune defense is weak. Vaccines are also relatively safe for your companion, when compared to the diseases and possible fatality. Vaccination is an effective and cheap way to keep your companion in good health.