It’s August, which means its National Immunization Awareness Month!

 

This month-long event is used to raise awareness about the importance of pet vaccinations. Here at The Pet Stop Clinic, we know just how important vaccines are in keeping your furry pals healthy and safe. Lucky for you, we offer mobile weekend vaccination clinics all over Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina!

Pet vaccines are divided into two groups: core and non-core. Core vaccines are recommended by veterinarians for every dog, while non-core vaccines depend on your dog’s lifestyle (ex. you board your dog often at a kennel with other animals).

Core Vaccines for Dogs

Rabies (1 year) – Rabies is 100% fatal to dogs, and rabid animals pose a significant public health hazard to humans. For these reasons, the 1-year rabies vaccine is considered a core vaccine. It can be administered in a single dose to animals as young as 3 months of age. Annual boosters are recommended. Often times, the rabies vaccine is a state or county requirement for every canine or feline friend.

Distemper – Distemper is a viral disease that results in fever, watery eyes, loss of energy, decreased appetite, vomiting, and in severe cases, brain damage. The distemper vaccine is typically administered in 3 doses, given when the animal is between 6 and 16 weeks old. Puppies should receive a booster after 1 year, and adult dogs at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Parvovirus – “Parvo,” as it’s commonly called, is a contagious virus (among dogs) that can result in vomiting, severe bloody diarrhea, and even death. Like the distemper immunization, the parvo vaccine is typically administered in 3 doses, given when the animal is between 6 and 16 weeks old. Puppies should receive a booster after 1 year, and adult dogs at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Adenovirus Type 1 (Canine Hepatitis) – Viral hepatitis in dogs is a contagious illness spread by contact with urine or feces from infected animals. If untreated, canine hepatitis can result in severe liver damage or even death. The vaccine is typically administered in 3 doses, given when the animal is between 6 and 16 weeks old. Puppies should receive a booster after 1 year, and adult dogs at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Adenovirus Type 2 (“Kennel Cough”) – Spread by coughs and sneezes, kennel cough is commonly seen in animals that spend significant time being boarded with other dogs. The vaccine is typically administered in 3 doses, given when the animal is between 6 and 16 weeks old. Puppies should receive a booster after 1 year, and adult dogs at 3-year intervals thereafter.

Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs

Canine Influenza – The vaccine is administered to puppies in two doses—the first at 6–8 weeks of age and the second 2–4 weeks later.

Parainfluenza – Different from canine influenza, parainfluenza typically presents as cough and fever. The initial vaccine is administered to puppies 6–8 weeks old, then every 3–4 weeks until 12 weeks of age.

Lyme Disease – Most dog owners are familiar with Lyme disease, an illness carried by deer ticks. Symptoms include joint pain ad inflammation, stiffness, lethargy, and loss of appetite. The vaccine is recommended for dogs that spend lots of time outdoors in wooded areas and is administered to puppies in two doses, the first around 9 weeks of age, with the second dose 2–4 weeks later.

Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is associated with exposure to rodents and standing water. Symptoms include sudden fever, joint stiffness, lethargy, and loss of appetite. The vaccine is administered to puppies in two doses, 2–4 weeks apart, with the final dose no later than 12 weeks of age.

All of these vaccinations can be obtained for your furry family member at our mobile vaccination clinics. We also offer core vaccines for cats! Many of these vaccines are bundled together into different package option giving you a more convenient and affordable solution!

To find a Pet Stop clinic near you, visit www.petstopclinic.com and enter your zip-code. You can also call our office at 877-704-3893!

 

– The Pet Stop Clinic