CORE VACCINES – Every dog should receive these vaccines
- Rabies is a viral disease most often transmitted through the bite or saliva of a rabid animal. Rabies infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing death. It is a Pennsylvania state law that your dog be vaccinated!
- “Distemper” is actually a combination vaccine against three highly contagious viruses–distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus
- Distemper affects several body systems causing signs ranging from fever, coughing, vomting and diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy, and hardening of the nose and foot pads.
- Parvovirus affects the gastrointestinal system, and signs may include lethargy, vomiting, fever, and most commonly diarrhea (usually bloody).
- Adenovirus affects the liver and kidney and can cause liver and kidney failure.
NONCORE VACCINES – Based on your dog’s “lifestyle” these vaccines should be considered
- Lyme disease is transmitted by a tick. Most dogs remain asymptomatic, but some dogs will become febrile, lame or lethargic and can develop kidney damage. Recommended for use in dogs that are at high risk based on their lifestyle and exposure to ticks.
- Leptospirosis is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted in the urine of an infected animal and is contagious as long as the urine is still moist. Leptospirosis can cause liver and/or kidney damage and is zoonotic (can be passed from your pet to you!) Recommended for dogs that are at higher risk based on their lifestyle/exposure to wildlife and water sources (ponds/streams/lakes).
- Bordetella/Kennel Cough is an upper respiratory infection causing a harsh, dry cough. Recommended for dogs with exposure to a lot of other dogs–kennels, doggy day care, dog parks, groomers, etc. This vaccine is required by most boarding kennels.
- Influenza is an upper respiratory infection that can cause a fever, coughing, and lethargy. Recommended for dogs with exposure to a lot of other dogs–kennels, doggy day care, dog parks, groomers, etc. This vaccine is required by some kennels.