Dog Vaccines

May 3, 2018




We recommend these core vaccines for dogs.  Vaccines today are very safe and very effective.  We rarely see vaccine reactions, and we know these vaccines can help keep your pet healthy and live longer!   As always, your veterinarian can answer any vaccine questions specific to your pet and give you the best recommendation based on your pet’s health.  These are general guidelines that apply to most dogs.  


Rabies is a deadly disease for both animals and humans.  It is mainly found in the wild animal population like bats, skunks, and raccoons.  Pets are often the bridge between wildlife and people and Rabies virus is almost always deadly to people.  That is why the Rabies vaccine is required by law for all dogs and cats.  


Parvovirus is in a combo vaccine with Distemper virus and Parainfluenza virus.  This shot has many names including DAPPV, DHPPV, D5, 4-way, or 5-way.   This vaccine should be given to all puppies and adults.  Canine Parvovirus (parvo) is a highly contagious disease where the virus attacks white blood cells and the cells of the gut.  This disease is common in dogs and puppies that are not vaccinated.  The virus can live in the environment for up to a year, so puppies can catch parvo without even coming in contact with another dog directly.  Certain breeds are at a higher risk, and include pit bulls, Labradors, Doberman, German Shepherds, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Rottweilers.   Parvo virus infection can be deadly and can cost several hundred dollars to treat.  The good news is that the vaccine is very effective when given the right way and at the right times.  Puppies need to have the vaccine starting as young as 6 weeks and it needs to be given every 3 weeks until they are 4 months old.  .


Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects dogs.   It is caused by several types of bacteria and viruses.  It is transmitted through the air.  Dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities  and anywhere your dog can have contact with other dogs are high risk areas for your pet contracting the disease.  The vaccine is very effective and easy to give – just a few drops of vaccine in the nose will have your dog protected for a year. 

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