Canine Vaccinations

  • DA2PP: The canine DHPP vaccination is considered a core vaccination that protects against a group of viruses including distemper, adenovirus type 2, parainfluenza and parvovirus. This vaccination is especially important in puppies and is administered every 3 weeks until the age of 17 weeks. After completing the initial DHPP series this vaccination is administered in one year and then every 3 years.
  • Rabies: The rabies virus vaccination protects your dog against an incurable fatal viral disease that affects the central nervous system of mammals, including humans. Vaccination for rabies may be administered to your puppy as early as 12 weeks of age. The vaccination is repeated in one year and again every three years. The state of North Carolina requires that all dogs be current on rabies vaccination.
  • Kennel Cough: Our kennel cough vaccination provides three fold protection against the most common organisms involved in canine cough: Bordetella brochiseptica and the respiratory forms of adenovirus and parainfluenza. The kennel cough vaccination is given in your dog’s nostrils to provide mucosal immunity and should be repeated every 6 months for maximum protection. This vaccination is often required for dogs that board or go to grooming facilities.
  • Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a type of bacteria that attacks the kidneys and liver of dogs and can be transmitted to humans. Dogs are exposed to Leptospira organisms through contact with standing water (puddles, ponds, etc) that has been contaminated by infected pets and wildlife. Leptospirosis is a problem in urban areas as well as rural areas of North Carolina. The leptospirosis vaccination may be administered in puppies over 8 weeks of age and adult dogs. This vaccination must be repeated in 3 weeks and then once yearly. We highly recommend all dogs be vaccinated for leptospirosis.
  • Lyme: Borrelia burgdorferi is a special type of bacteria called rickettsia that is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The Borrelia organism may attack the joints and kidneys of infected dogs causing debilitating joint pain or life threatening kidney failure. Monthly tick control year round and Lyme vaccinations are strongly recommended for all dogs with tick exposure.
  • Canine influenza: Canine influenza was first reported as a problem in the United States in Florida in 2004. Since then the virus has spread throughout the country and several cases have been documented in North Carolina. The virus is easily transmitted by direct contact, coughing, sneezing or through contaminated surfaces. Protecting your dog against canine influenza is especially important if your dog frequents boarding facilities, grooming facilities, dog shows or dog parks. An initial two-dose vaccination series is performed followed by yearly vaccinations to protect your dog from canine influenza virus.

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