Any low cost pet vaccination package must have these pet vaccinations for dogs.
Today you hear the term “core vaccinations”. Basically these are the protective vaccinations that are recommended for all dogs or cats. These are the must have pet vaccinations that need to be provided in any low cost pet vaccination package.
Rabies | A Required Pet Vaccination for Dogs and Cats
First of all, there is only one vaccination required by law and that is a Rabies vaccination.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and is usually 100% fatal if contracted. Generally, Rabies is contracted through a bite from an animal carrying the virus. Thus, a Rabies vaccination not only protects your pet, but it is also protective for humans, who could potentially be bitten a rabid pet.
When to give a Rabies vaccination
The first Rabies vaccination is given at 12 – 16 weeks of age and then a booster is given either yearly or every 3 years, “a three year Rabies shot”. A “3 year Rabies shot” needs to be given after a pet receives the one year Rabies vaccination. Laws governing Rabies vaccination administration may differ from state to state. In Florida, a Rabies vaccination is to be given at 16 weeks of age and additional “booster shots” can be given either yearly or every 3 (three) years.
Dog Core Vaccines | Pet Vaccinations that need to be given to all dogs
Besides Rabies, there are three main core canine vaccines, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus.
Canine Distemper is caused by a virus which is transmitted by body fluids, such as saliva, urine, and blood.
The disease is very contagious and can cause death, especially in young unprotected puppies and dogs.
Most of the time it presents as an upper respiratory disease with an thick ocular discharge, runny nose, cough, fever and depression.
The disease can progress and affect the nervous system and cause muscular “ticks” and seizures.
This is a very important disease that can be prevented by vaccinations.
Treating a case of canine distemper can be very expensive and usually has a poor outcome. Prevention is the key.
Canine hepatitis is another viral disease that causes liver disease with possible fever, depression, lethargy, loss of appetite and can be fatal.
The only treatment is supportive care.
Vaccination is the best means of protection.
Canine Parvovirus or just “Parvo”
Canine Parvovirus is a severe gastro-intestinal viral disease with vomiting-diarrhea, depression, loss of appetite, fever, collapse and death, especially in young unprotected dogs.
This is definitely another disease that prevention should be taken seriously. Transmission is commonly through contact with infected dogs and feces, or an area contaminated with feces from an infected dog.
The virus is very resistant to environmental factors.
There is no “cure”. If contracted, treatment is limited to supportive care such as fluid therapy, anti-vomiting and anti-diarrheal drugs and antibiotics.
The disease usually runs it course in 5-7 days, but without supportive care, the death rate depending on the pet’s immune status, can be as high as 90%.
Needless to say, treating parvo can be very expensive and even with treatment, many dogs will still die from this disease. The disease can also run through a litter of puppies with devastating effects.
Definitely one of the “core” preventative pet vaccinations to be given to all dogs.
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