Preventative healthcare is one of the best ways to ensure your loyal companion lives a long life. Without vaccines, many loyal companions and humans are exposed to deadly diseases. By vaccinating your puppy or dog, you create a barrier of protection which in turn prevents these viruses from being passed on to you. We create vaccination schedules based on your loyal companion’s age, lifestyle, and environment. To learn about vaccination for your canine companion please call us at 204-589-8381.
Why are vaccines recommended for my puppy/dog?
Vaccines are essential to protecting your loyal companion from viruses and diseases. Each vaccine has “killed or altered quantities of bacteria or disease-causing organisms. Their immune system creates disease-fighting cells or antibodies to ward off the disease. When combined with proper nutrition and a sanitary living condition, your canine companion has the best defense against diseases.
When should my puppy get their first vaccine?
It’s best to schedule a veterinary appointment for them as soon as you welcome them to your family. Whether you adopted, rescued, or shopped for your loyal companion they need their first round of vaccination when they are around 6 to 8-weeks-old. DHPP is the first vaccine we administer along with a physical exam. At 12 weeks, they will get a DHPP booster, then at 16 weeks their first Rabies vaccine.
What diseases can my puppy/dog develop without vaccines?
Based on your canine pal’s lifestyle, environment, and overall health they may be at risk of catching various diseases. Here’s a list of diseases they may develop:
- Canine Distemper: This disease has various symptoms and is spread through discharge from the eyes and nose. Your dog will experience diarrhea, fever, coughing, convulsions, paralysis, and vomiting. Distemper has a serious effect on the nervous system which can be permanently damaged even after your dog recovers.
- Rabies: This incurable disease can infect all mammals including humans. It attacks the central nervous system and is spread through bites of an infected animal which may include skunks, raccoons, bats, and foxes.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis: A disease that stems from canine adenovirus type 1, which is transmitted through contact with feces, urine, and saliva. The symptoms are similar to distemper, causing liver failure, eye damage, and breathing problems. Infection can be mild to fatal.
- Canine Parvovirus: This virus is spread through infected feces and can remain in the environment for months. This disease causes listlessness, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. It can lead to death within 48 to 72 hours, especially in pups, seniors, and certain breeds.
- Canine Parainfluenza: A disease that can lead to kennel cough (Bordetella). The respiratory disease will cause fever, hacking cough, and discharge from the nose.
- Lyme disease: Dogs get this disease when they are bitten by black-legged ticks which are common in grassy or wooded areas. The disease causes fever, swollen joints, lameness, loss of appetite, and swollen lymph nodes.
- Leptospirosis: This disease is caused by a type of bacteria found in the urine of infected animals. Exposure to the disease is usually from contaminated water. It is a zoonotic disease which means it can be transmitted to humans. Leptospirosis can cause kidney and liver damage.