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Ensure your dog lives a long, healthy life.
One of the easiest and most helpful precautions you can take for your dog’s health is to ensure he or she is up to date with the latest dog vaccinations. There are many illnesses dogs can develop that can malevolently affect various canine body systems and processes. Some are even zoonotic, meaning they can affect human health as well. At Creekside Pet Care Center, we offer four dog vaccines that, in conjunction with routine heartworm testing and prevention, are sure to allow your dog to enjoy a long, healthy and vibrant life. Read more about each of our dog vaccinations below.
The DAPP dog vaccine provides protection against canine distemper, adenovirus, para-influenza and parvo. This immunization should be given to puppies at six to eight weeks old. To eliminate the possibility of maternal antibody competition, we recommend continuing the DAPP vaccination every three to four weeks until your pup has reached 16 weeks of age. We administer this dog vaccine one year after the last puppy shot is given and once every three years afterward.
It is by law that all domesticated dogs must be vaccinated against rabies when they receive their initial shots as puppies at or after 12 weeks of age. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs and humans. Therefore, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. An adult booster shot is given a year later and administered every three years afterward.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a very common and contagious illness that affects the canine respiratory system. The bordetella dog vaccine is administered intranasally during the first puppy visit. An injectable vaccine is given three to four weeks after the intranasal dose, and then the vaccinations rotate between intranasal and injectable doses.
Leptospirosis, also known as lepto, is a bacterial disease that can affect both humans and pets. It occurs all over the world and leads to liver and kidney damage as well as death if left untreated. Humans and pets can get this bacterial infection by coming into contact with infected wild animals (e.g., opossums, skunks, raccoons and rodents), lepto-infested water or infected urine. Since this disease can harm animals and humans, we encourage dogs to receive this immunization via two initial doses three weeks apart, and then on a yearly basis.
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that affects thousands of pets every year. Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that reside in the arteries, lungs and hearts of dogs, cats and other animals. Once an animal is infected, it is essential to seek treatment, or else its life will be cut short. For dogs, treatment is possible, but it is prudent to focus on preventing the virus from the start. At Creekside, we recommend having your dog tested for heartworms every year and maintain a monthly heartworm prevention regimen due to the fact that this part of Texas is an endemic area for heartworms.
We recommend all puppies start visiting Creekside Pet Care Center once they turn six weeks old and continue to do so every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. These visits enable us to ensure your canine friend is fully protected from disease.
Creekside, puppies receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach maturity, they will be the vaccine schedule below:
If your fur-baby is not up to date on his or her dog vaccines and heartworm prevention, call 1-800-My-Pet-Care or book an appointment online today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our dog vaccination protocol and preventative care.
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