Vaccinations for Dogs

Vaccines are designed to produce a protective immune response and allow your dog’s immune system to fight against future diseases. They are an indispensable element of the preventative care necessary for your dog to live a long healthy life and protect your pup from highly contagious diseases. There are several different vaccinations for different diseases. The best way to stay on schedule with vaccines for your dog is to follow one of our Veterinarian’s Recommendations.

There are two vaccination categories: core vaccinations and non-core vaccinations. CORE Vaccines are a series of vaccines that include DAPP and RABIES. The rabies vaccination is required by state and city law for all pets. Regardless of the number of interactions your dog may have with other pets or people, these vaccines are crucial to your pup’s fundamental health.

CORE vaccinations are those our doctors feel your dog must receive. These vaccines help prevent diseases that are considerably widespread, potentially fatal, and can easily be transmitted from one pet to another. These types of diseases are usually categorized as fatal or difficult to treat.
• Rabies
• Canine Distemper
• Parvovirus
• Canine Hepatitis

Rabies is the most familiar of the core vaccinations. This zoonotic virus is almost 100% fatal in anyone who contracts it—dog, cat, fox, rodent, or human, and generally spreads through the bite or scratch of an infected mammal. Once contracted, the viral disease invades the central nervous system, causing hallucinations, loss of coordination, paralysis, and ultimately death.

Canine Distemper
Canine distemper is another serious and extremely contagious disease that infects the respiratory system, intestinal tract, and nervous system. Common signs that a dog has become infected are nasal and eye discharge, vomiting, coughing, and in some cases, seizures. Although this disease does not guarantee the 100% fatality that rabies guarantees, it does have a death rate as high as 75%. Dogs that survive often have lasting and serious side effects, such as blindness or deafness.

Canine Parvovirus
This disease is currently the most common viral disease in dogs in the United States. Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that infects the GI system. Once the virus is contracted, it causes a loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody feces. This disease has the capability of spreading rapidly: death can occur in only a few days.

Canine Hepatitis
Canine Hepatitis is a virus spread through bodily fluids such as urine and nasal discharge. The most common symptoms of this disease are a sore throat, coughing, and in some circumstances, pneumonia. When a dog has contracted the disease, the dog’s eye’s cornea may appear to have a bluish hue or be cloudy in appearance. An unvaccinated dog can be at risk of death in as little as two hours after noticeable signs.

Non-core vaccinations are categorized as optional vaccines. They are typically recommended by one of our doctors based on the risk of exposure your pup has based on interactions and geographic regions. These types of vaccinations are generally less effective than of core vaccines.

• Lyme Disease
• Leptospirosis
• Canine Influenza
• Bordetella

Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is a little trickier to detect on dogs than it is on humans, for there is no visual aid such as the “bulls-eye rash” that occurs on human skin that can be spotted on the dog. Any dog that goes outside, especially in the PA area, is at risk.

Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis s a zoonotic disease that is caused by the presence of bacteria. The bacteria are usually present in infected water or soil. The most common clinical signs that your dog will exhibit are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and in severe cases, liver failure. This disease can spread from dogs to humans.

Canine Influenza
Canine Influenza, also is known as Dog Flu, is a highly contagious viral infection. The disease can be contracted and transmitted just like we get human flu, through coughing and sneezing, and even by humans who have unknowingly pet a dog who is ill.

Bordetella
Bordetella is commonly known as Kennel Cough and is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. A dog is susceptible to the disease merely by sniffing an infected dog. A dry hacking cough, sneezing, and nasal discharge are the most common clinical signs of Bordetella.

Dog Vaccine Veterinarian

World of Animals (like most boarding kennels in the United States) requires your pup to be vaccinated from Bordetella and Canine Influenza before being admitted into our boarding facility at World of Animals Bethayres; this is for your dog’s protection, as well as that of the other dogs staying in our facility.