Pet Vaccinations for Dogs | Not all vaccines are needed by all dogs.
A lot has to do with the lifestyle of the dog. However, there are three “core vaccines” that should be given no matter where a dog may live. These “core vaccines” are Rabies, Canine Distemper and Canine Parvovirus. All of these diseases can cause significant illness and even death in unprotected dogs, especially puppies.
Depending on the lifestyle assessment of a pet, other optional dog vaccinations may be needed. This can be determined by our Community Vaccine Clinics staff veterinarian. At Community Vaccine Clinics, we will discuss the needs for each individual pet and recommend a vaccine protocol which is individualized.
Optional Pet Vaccinations for Dogs
Coronavirus is another viral disease that attacks the gastro-intestinal system causing vomiting and diarrhea.
The disease usually needs to run its course. Supportive care includes, fluids, medications for vomiting-diarrhea and antibiotics are used to treat the disease.
The virus is easily killed within the environment and is transmitted via fecal contamination.
Coronavirus can be prevented through vaccination but it is not considered to be a “core” vaccination. Most of the time it is combined with other vaccinations.
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
Canine Influenza Virus is a viral disease causing “cold like” symptoms, fever and possible pneumonia.
Don’t worry this dog influenza does not affect people or cats.
You should be aware that vaccinations for CIV may not prevent the disease completely, but it does help in reducing the severity of the symptoms for the pet.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through infected urine and contaminated soil and water, such as puddles, lakes, ponds and streams.
The source of this disease is wildlife. If not diagnosed and treated, it can be very serious and cause death. Humans are also susceptible and could become infected through the same sources or their pets.
Vaccination will prevent this disease.
Parainfluenza and Adenovirus Type 2
Both are viral diseases causing cold like symptoms. They are also play a part in causing Kennel Cough.
Kennel Cough (Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis)
Kennel Cough is a complex respiratory disease caused by Bordetella organism and viruses, Parainfluenza and an Adenovirus.
Kennel cough causes a severe deep chested bronchial cough and can lead to pneumonia. Fever, runny-red eyes and loss of appetite may also occur.
It is an easily transmitted airborne disease and is prevalent where dogs are maintained in a group setting, such as a kennels, groomers and dog parks.
Most boarding facilities will require this vaccination before boarding a pet.
The incubation period is 3-10 days. Vaccination is not 100% protective but will reduce the severity of the disease.
The vaccine can be given alone or combined.
Is a disease that is mainly contracted through tick bites, especially the deer tick.
Lymes Disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.
Generally, symptoms can include arthritis type symptoms, joint pain, fever, loss of appetite and tireness.
This is a disease that can be transmitted to humans also by a tick bite.
Vaccination for Lymes Disease is available but it is not a “core” vaccine.
Evaluating a pets lifestyle profile is used as a guide for vaccination or not. Tick removal is also important. A tick needs to be attached for 50 hours to transmit the disease.
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Community Vaccine Clinics
Pinellas County, FL
Serving St. Petersburg – Pinellas Park – Largo – Seminole – Clearwater
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Other Pet Vaccines
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