Why Vaccinate? The Importance of Canine Vaccination

Vaccines are an important part of maintaining the health and well-being of your dog. They help protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases that can be transmitted to dogs through bites, contact with bodily fluids, or other means. Here is a brief overview of four common dog vaccines:

  • Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is transmitted through bites or scratches from infected animals. It is fatal once symptoms appear and is a public health concern because it can also be transmitted to humans. The rabies vaccine is required by law in many areas and is usually given to puppies at 16 weeks of age, followed by booster shots every 1-3 years.
  • DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza): The DAPP vaccine protects against four serious and potentially fatal diseases: distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Distemper is a viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. Adenovirus causes hepatitis and respiratory disease. Parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Parainfluenza is a respiratory disease that can be severe in young puppies. The DAPP vaccine is usually given to puppies at 6-8 weeks of age, followed by booster shots every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is 16-20 weeks old, and then administered every 1-3 years.
  • Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects the liver and kidneys and is transmitted through the urine of infected animals. It can be transmitted to humans as well. The leptospirosis vaccine is usually given to puppies at 12 weeks of age, followed by a booster shot 4 weeks later, and then administered every year.
  • Canine Influenza: Canine influenza, also known as dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, can be fatal. The canine influenza vaccine is usually given to puppies at 6-8 weeks of age and then boostered 4 weeks later. It is then administered annually.

It is important to consult with your Hello Vet Medical Team to determine the specific vaccination schedule that is right for your dog, as it will depend on your dog’s age, breed, lifestyle, and other factors. Keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations is an important part of being a responsible pet owner and can help protect your dog’s health and the health of those around you. 

Why vaccinate? Because there is nothing better than more quality years with your dog!