Vaccinations are a very important part of your puppy’s and adult dog’s health care. All puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6 to 8 weeks of age and continue with booster vaccinations every 3 to 4 weeks until 4 months of age. Vaccinating early will offer your puppy the best protection available against deadly diseases such as Distemper and Parvovirus.
After receiving a series of vaccines as a puppy, your dog should receive annual vaccination boosters. Keeping your dog’s vaccinations current will provide the best protection against deadly disease.
The following is a brief description of the diseases we recommend vaccinating against.
- Distemper – Viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain (Often fatal)
- Hepatitis – Viral disease of the liver.
- Leptospirosis – Bacterial disease of the kidneys and liver (Transmittable to people)
- Parainfluenza – Viral infectious
- Parvovirus – Serious viral disease of the intestines and heart (Often fatal)
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – Bacterial infection of the lungs
- Rabies – Viral disease, fatal to man and animals
- Crotalus Atrox Toxoid (Rattlesnake Vaccine) – Creates protective antibodies that help neutralize rattlesnake venom
Puppies should also receive an anthelmintic regimen to treat for intestinal parasites. At 12 weeks of age, all puppies should be started on a broad spectrum monthly heartworm medication to prevent heartworm disease and guard against intestinal parasites. Dogs over 6 months of age must be tested for the presence of heartworm before starting preventative medication.