Vaccines

Keeping up to date with vaccines is a very important part of your puppy’s overall health.  Vaccines help prevent contagious and sometimes fatal diseases.  They are a very important and necessary addition to your puppy’s natural defenses.

Vaccines are usually started at 6-9 weeks of age and are only effective if given at fixed dates with booster vaccinations as recommended by your veterinarian until 12-16 weeks old.  Vaccines should only be given by a licensed veterinarian.  Vaccines administered by a breeder or given at a shelter or pet store may not be effective. (This is typically because the vaccines are coming from facilities that don’t ship fast enough and the higher or lower temperatures in shipping will deactivate the vaccine.)  All documentation should be thoroughly inspected by your veterinarian.

Diseases We Vaccinate For:

  • Distemper:  Viral disease that affects respiratory, digestive and nervous systems.

  • Adenovirus:  Severe but rarely fatal respiratory virus.

  • Parvovirus:  A viral disease of widespread distribution which may cause severe dehydrating, diarrhea, vomiting, multisystem organ failure and death.  Parvovirus is especially dangerous in puppies.

  • Parainfluenza:  A cause of infectious tracheobronchitis.  This is often a mild respiratory infection.

  • Leptospirosis:  A bacterial disease that causes potentially fatal kidney and liver damage.

  • Bordetella (kennel cough):  Airborne bacterial infection that causes bronchitis and bronchopneumonia.  This  infection is highly contagious and can spread quickly in any environment.

  • Rabies:  A virus that is almost always fatal and attacks the nervous system. It is transmitted chiefly through the bite of an infected animal. This is almost always fatal to people as well. That is why Ohio requires rabies vaccination for all dogs.