Whether you call him Fido or Fluffy, whether he's little or large, your dog is your best friend. You love him like a member of your family, and you should treat him as such. He requires routine vet care including vaccinations from a vet like one at the Jane Animal Hospital, serving Toronto, Ontario and the surrounding region.
Importance of Canine Vaccines
Canine vaccines protect against illnesses dogs are susceptible to. When you vaccinate your pup, you protect him from developing serious, sometimes even life-threatening, conditions. Vaccines work by the vet inputting a small amount of a disease into the bloodstream of your pet. It's not a strong enough form of the disease to cause any serious complications in most cases. The pet's immune system works to fight the infection, which builds up a defense system against the disease if your pet should ever come in contact with it in the future. Many vaccinations require boosters, so your pet maintains immunity to the disease. Keep in mind, you're not only protecting your pet from disease, you're protecting yourself and family from contracting a zoonotic disease as well.
You want to start getting canine vaccinations as soon as possible because your pet is very susceptible to diseases as a puppy due to an immune system that isn't fully developed. Typically, we begin your pet's vaccinations when he is at least eight weeks of age.
Two types of vaccinations exist: core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are ones recommended for all pooches while non-core vaccines are only recommended for some dogs based upon their lifestyle.
Core vaccines include the following:
Rabies - Rabies is a viral infection that causes swelling in the brain that result in death, usually in a matter of days of acquiring the disease. Once your pet has it, there isn't much a veterinarian can do to prevent complications.
Distemper - Distemper classifies as a highly contagious, neurological, viral disease. In some cases, it's fatal.
Parvovirus - Parvovirus, also known as parvo, is a contagious disease that results in death in approximately 80 percent of all cases. The virus causes symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and fever. Dehydration is possible as well.
Leptospirosis or Canine Hepatitis - Leptospirosis, also called canine hepatitis, is a bacterial infection that causes symptoms like muscle pain and headaches. As it progresses, it attacks the kidneys. It's possible for leptospirosis to cause death.
Non-core vaccines include the following:
Lyme Disease - Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can lead to symptoms of arthritis. In some cases, paralysis or death is possible.
Bordetella - Bordetella is known as "kennel cough." This respiratory infection is contagious, but the vaccine is only recommended for pets who stay in boarding facilities or who come in contact with other pets.
Parainfluenza - Parainfluenza is basically the dog version of the flu. It's a viral respiratory infection that causes cold-like symptoms in dogs.
Adenovirus - The adenovirus is a respiratory virus that causes symptoms that range in severity from the common cold to pneumonia.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Toronto Veterinarian
To schedule an appointment for canine vaccines from a veterinarian at Jane Animal Hospital, serving Toronto, Ontario and the surrounding region, contact us today at 416-762-5558. We'll devise a vaccination schedule tailored to your pet's size, medical history and lifestyle.
Preventing health concerns starts with puppy vaccinations. Puppy shots help your pet stay healthy throughout their life by improving their immune system and preventing health risks. The key is working with our veterinarian at the Jane Animal Hospital to set up the right schedule for your puppy.
What are Puppy Shots?
Puppy shots refer to vaccinations for common ailments. We give your puppy a series of shots to prevent sickness from specific conditions. The shots we recommend for every puppy include:
- A rabies shot
- Bordetella shots
- Canine distemper
- Canine parvo virus
- Adeno vaccines
- Parainfluenza shots
We may suggest additional shots after discussing potential risks to your pet. For example, we may suggest shots to protect against Lyme's Disease if you plan to take your puppy out on hikes or out on hunting trips. We also recommend shots for a kennel cough if you plan to leave your puppy in a kennel when you must travel for work or plan to leave town for vacations. Our suggestions depend on your lifestyle and the risks to your puppy.
Why Does My Puppy Need Vaccinations?
Your puppy needs vaccinations against common risks to prevent the spread of viruses. Some sicknesses, like rabies, can pass on to humans. You want to prevent risks to your pet and your family by vaccinating your pet against the most common viruses they may face.
Puppy vaccinations build up your puppy's immune system. It allows your pet to develop defenses against viruses. A series of shots and booster shots later in your puppy's life will limit the potential for long-term complications with a pet's health.
When to Get a Puppies First Shots
You want to get your puppy their first shots when he or she is eight weeks old. Early after a puppy's birth, antibodies pass from a mother dog to the puppy. When your puppy is weaned, he or she needs shots to build up immunity against certain ailments.
Visit our clinic when your puppy reaches eight weeks old or when you bring your puppy into your home. Our veterinarian evaluates your puppy's health and then suggests a vaccination schedule based on the needs of your pet. We may suggest waiting for vaccines if your pet has an ailment or needs treatment for certain conditions. Our suggestions focus on your pet's well-being, so we develop a personalized schedule for vaccines and booster shots.
Get In Touch With Our Local Veterinarian Today for Pet Vaccinations
Puppy vaccinations play a key role in keeping your pet safe and healthy. In our clinic, we give your pet vaccinations after evaluating the risks and ensuring that your pet is healthy. To learn more about protecting your pet or to set up an appointment, call 416-762-5558 today.