Are you adding a new puppy to the family? We are here to help!! The first wellness exam should be between the age of 6-8 weeks old. During your puppy’s vaccine series, they will receive the following vaccines:
DA2PP – While commonly called canine distemper vaccination, this vaccine protects your pet against more than just distemper. That’s because it is a combination of vaccines in one injection that will protect your pet from several serious diseases. The vaccine is started at 8 weeks of age and is boostered once every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks. After the initial vaccine series, this vaccine should be administered after the one-year mark and then once every three years after that. The vaccine covers the following diseases:
- Distemper – an often fatal virus affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system.
- Adenoviruses (1 & 2) are spread directly from dog to dog through infected respiratory secretions or by contact with contaminated urine or feces.
- Parainfluenza – an occasionally-lethal virus affecting the respiratory system.
- Parvovirus is an often lethal virus that causes severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, bone marrow suppression, and heart damage.
Leptospirosis – A bacterial disease of humans and animals that can cause kidney damage, liver damage, and hemorrhaging. This vaccine is first administered at 12 weeks of age and then boostered again at 16 weeks. After the initial series is complete the vaccine is boostered annually.
Rabies – is a fatal virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals and people. The animal must be at least 16 weeks of age prior to administration. The first rabies vaccine must be boostered after 12 months after the initial vaccine, and once every 3 years thereafter.
Bordetella – is a bacterial infection associated with kennel cough affecting the respiratory system. This vaccine is recommended for dogs who are boarded, groomed, or exposed to other dogs on a regular basis. This initial vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age and is boostered once every 6 months thereafter.
Canine Influenza (CIV) – is highly contagious and easily spread from infected dogs to other dogs by direct contact, nasal secretions (through barking, coughing, or sneezing), contaminated objects (kennel surfaces, food, and water bowls, collars, and leashes), and by people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs of any breed, age, sex, or health status are at risk of infection when exposed to the virus. The initial vaccine can be given as early as 12 weeks of age and must be boostered within 3-4 weeks. After the initial series, the vaccine should be boostered annually.
- Most boarding and grooming facilities require the Bordetella and Canine influenza