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Canine Vaccines

There are many different vaccines available for Pups - it can be confusing - some are considered ""Core" - meaning that all dogs are suggested to have them. 

The other vaccines are dependent on the "Lifestyle" your pup will lead.  Below is a list of the vaccines & when they should be given.

Most vaccines are given in a series at first (2 or more), then given when the dog turns one, then every 1 to 3 years depending on the type of vaccine. 

DistemperCore – Included in DAPPi - Canine distemper is a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs. It is spread by having direct contact with a sick animal, or by standing near the animal when it is coughing. 


Canine AdenovirusCore – Included in DAPPi - Canine adenovirus type 1 is responsible for infectious canine hepatitis, a dangerous liver disease that can be fatal. Canine adenovirus type 2 causes infectious tracheobronchitis. It is spread by having direct contact with a sick animal, or by standing near the animal when it is coughing.


ParvovirusCore – Included in DAPPi - Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. Dogs that are ill from canine parvovirus infection are often said to have "parvo." The virus affects dogs' gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces (stool), environments, or people. 


Parainfluenza Core – Included in DAPPi - Canine parainfluenza virus (CPIV) is a highly contagious respiratory virus and is one of the most common pathogens of infectious tracheobronchitis. Parainfluenza spreads through contact with other dogs.


BordetellaCore - The Bordetella vaccine is a vaccine that is given to dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs in boarding or social settings. Canine facilities, such as dog daycare centers, boarding kennels, shows, dog parks, and training classes often require dogs to have the vaccine. This is because Bordetella bronchiseptica is the most common bacterial agent responsible for kennel cough in dogs. The infection of this canine cough is spread through airborne droplets from other dogs coughing or sneezing in close proximity.


RabiesCore - Rabies is a deadly zoonotic disease of mammals. Rabies vaccine is a core vaccine and is the only companion animal vaccine required by law in most states. Rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact (such as through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth) with saliva or brain/nervous system tissue from an infected animal.


LepospirosisLifestyle - Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. Dogs become infected by coming into contact with urine of infected animals.


LymeLifestyle - Vaccination for Lyme borreliosis should be considered for dogs that live within or travel to regions with emerging or endemic Lyme disease. Dogs that spend time outdoors are most likely to benefit from vaccination. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected tick. Once in the bloodstream, the Lyme disease organism is carried to many parts of the body and is likely to localize in joints or kidneys.


Canine InfluenzaLifestyle - Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection affecting dogs. Canine influenza is transmitted through droplets or aerosols containing respiratory secretions from coughing, barking and sneezing. Dogs in close contact with infected dogs in places such as kennels, groomers, day care facilities and shelters are at increased risk of infection.  Dogs become infected through respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing from infected dogs, or through contact with contaminated surfaces.


Rattlesnake ToxoidLifestyle - The rattlesnake vaccine is specifically designed to produce antibodies against the venom of the western diamondback rattlesnake. The vaccine may also be effective against other snakes with similar venom, such as the sidewinder, timber rattlesnake, and copperhead.

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