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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.
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.
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.
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.