All Creatures Animal Hospital
"Crusaders for the Human-Animal Bond"
The veterinarians at All Creatures constantly review and research what are the best protocols for vaccines to provide your pet with the best wellness care. Vaccines that are required for your pet to socialize or be in public environments are considered “Core Vaccines;” there are other vaccines available that are not strictly enforced as well. The guidelines we follow indicate that the core vaccines are:
Puppies receive more vaccines than adult dogs because their immune system is not strong enough to fight illnesses when they are young and no longer receiving antibodies from mother’s milk. Once they have received all their puppy vaccines, their immune system should be strong enough to safely interact with other pets and go to the park.
Once they are adults, we recommend dogs receive core vaccines once a year. You have the option, though, to have the Rabies and DHLPP Vaccines administered once a year or every 3 years. The Bordatella vaccine can be given every 6 months or once a year, but does not have a three-year option. We recommend you continue with vaccines on a yearly basis so they are consistently being given on time and we are able to perform a checkup once a year for your pet.
Another vaccine available for dogs is a Flu Vaccine. There are multiple varieties of flu strain vaccines to combat the different strains of canine flu, and vets review which vaccine is best suited for the year depending on the cases of flu contracted. This is rarely ‘required’ for boarding or grooming, so we do not emphasize this vaccine as a core vaccine. We are happy to administer this vaccine upon request.
For more information about vaccines for dogs, check out these links and documents:
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