Vaccinating Your Dog

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Vaccinations protect your dog against a large variety diseases; parvovirus, rabies, leptospirosis, coronavirus, lyme disease, or hepatitis.  Diabetes is one disease that reduces the natural immunity factors in a dog, so vaccinations are especially important.

Here is a guideline for yearly booster vaccinations for your dog. Your dog may not need all of the vaccinations listed above.  Some geographic locations are more likely to propagate some of these diseases.  Ask your veterinarian what vaccinations are appropriate for your dog.

Yearly Booster Recommendations

  • Rabies (see Special note below)
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

This last vaccination on the list is quite a mouth full.  It is a combination of vaccinations all in one.  The “D” is a vaccination for distemper.  This disease starts with a fever about three days after exposure and can end in death of your dog.  The “H” is for hepatitis.  This disease is an infection of the liver and can be fatal (especially in younger dogs).  The “L” is for leptospirosis is a bacterial infection.  This disease attacks the kidneys, liver, and cardiovascular system.  The “P” attacks the respirator system and is a component of kennel cough.  The second “P” is for parvovirus.  This disease attacks the lining of the small intestine.  Death from parvo usually occurs from dehydration.  And the last one “CVK” is for coronavirus.  It is similar to parvo in that it attacks the stomach system.

Rabies Special Note – some areas now vaccination against rabies only a three years.  Ask your veterinarian what is best for your dog.

Protect your dog – vaccinate!

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