What Diseases do We Vaccinate Dogs Against?

Vaccination is an important part of preventive healthcare for dogs, and it helps protect them from various diseases. The specific vaccines required may vary depending on factors such as the dog's age, lifestyle, and geographic location. Common vaccines for dogs include:

  1. Rabies: This is a crucial vaccine, as rabies is a deadly viral disease that can affect both dogs and humans. It is often required by law.

  2. Distemper: Canine distemper is a highly contagious and potentially fatal viral disease that affects a dog's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.

  3. Parvovirus: Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms and is particularly dangerous for puppies.

  4. Adenovirus (Hepatitis): There are two types of adenovirus vaccines, one for hepatitis (CAV-1) and one for respiratory disease (CAV-2). They help protect against these viral infections.

  5. Parainfluenza: This is a component of the combination vaccine and helps protect against respiratory infections.

  6. Bordetella bronchiseptica: Also known as kennel cough, this vaccine is recommended for dogs that frequently interact with other dogs in boarding facilities, dog parks, or training classes.

  7. Lyme disease: Recommended for dogs in areas where Lyme disease is prevalent and transmitted by ticks.

  8. Leptospirosis: This bacterial disease can be transmitted to dogs through contaminated water and is also a zoonotic disease, meaning it can affect humans.

  9. Canine influenza: This is another respiratory disease that can affect dogs. Vaccination may be recommended in areas where outbreaks occur.

  10. Rattlesnake vaccine: In areas with a high risk of rattlesnake bites, a rattlesnake vaccine can provide some protection, although it doesn't replace the need for immediate medical attention if a dog is bitten.

It's important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog. They can assess your dog's individual risk factors and create a tailored vaccination plan. Additionally, some vaccines may be administered annually, while others may require boosters every few years.