We know you love your pooch to pieces and want nothing more than to keep him or her happy and healthy. One of the easiest and most helpful ways you can ensure your dog’s health is to have him or her immunized with the recommended dog vaccinations. Dogs can develop a host of illnesses that can be detrimental to their bodies, but the good news is that Woodland Animal Hospital offers four different dog vaccines to protect against the most common ailments affecting canines. Partnering these vaccinations with routine heartworm testing and prevention will ensure your dog lives a long, healthy life. Read the additional information below to find out more about each of our dog vaccinations.
DHPP – Dogs should receive the DHPP immunization when they are between the ages of six and eight weeks old. This highly effective dog immunization protects against canine distemper, hepatitis, para-influenza and parvo. We suggest your dog continue to receive this vaccine every three to four weeks until he or she is 16 weeks old. We will then administer this dog vaccination one year after the last puppy and then annually going forward.
Rabies – It is very important that your furry friend receive this vaccine, as rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including dogs and cats. Georgia law requires that every dog receive a rabies shot during his or her first canine vaccine appointment as long as they are 12 weeks of age or older, and then yearly following that first vaccine.
Bordetella – Bordetella is the ailment colloquially referred to as kennel cough, and it adversely affects a dog’s respiratory system. It is very common and contagious, so it is of the utmost importance that your fury friend receives the immunization for this disease. We administer the bordetella dog immunization intranasally during the initial puppy visit, and then every 6 months lifelong.
Influenza – Influenza (CIV or H3N8) – Canine Influenza, or the “dog flu,” is caused by the H3N8 Virus, which is a disease of dogs (not humans). The virus is spread from sick dogs that may be sneezing or coughing, contaminated objects or people moving between infected to uninfected dogs – this means the dogs don’t ever have to come in direct contact with other sick dogs in order to catch the virus. Symptoms may be mild such as coughing, runny nose and fever or severe such as pneumonia. Puppies or adult dogs who have not had the vaccine will receive two doses 3 weeks apart after, and then one dose each year after that.
Leptospirosis – 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., possums, 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.
Lyme – Lyme Disease can be carried by ticks and transferred to your dog or even to people as Lyme disease is a disease of humans as well. Symptoms may range from fever and lethargy, to joint pain and lameness. Not all dogs need this vaccine, as not all dogs have regular exposure to ticks per say, so ask one of our veterinarians if this vaccine is right for your dog. Puppies or adult dogs who have not had the vaccine will receive two doses 3 weeks apart after, and then one dose each year after that.
We recommend all puppies begin visiting the vet once they turn six weeks old and continue every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks of age. These visits help us ensure your dogs are fully protected.
At our facility, puppies receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach adulthood, they will be on this general vaccine schedule:
If your dog is not current with the recommended dog vaccinations, please do not hesitate to stop by our clinic or call us at (770) 467-3140. Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have pertaining to Woodland’s dog vaccines and other preventative care.
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