The Major Vaccines Your Pup Needs
All dogs need a variety of vaccinations throughout the course of their life to ensure they stay happy and healthy. The specific vaccinations required for your pup in particular may vary based on age and where they live, but the major vaccines they will need include:
- Rabies vaccination: The rabies virus is an extremely deadly virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord. It’s incurable and the only known treatment for rabies is prevention via the vaccine. It can spread to any mammal (including humans) and is a mandatory vaccine throughout the United States.
- Canine parvovirus: Parvovirus is an extremely contagious disease that can spread by direct contact with an infected dog or contaminated feces. Young puppies are the most at-risk for parvovirus, although dogs of any age can contract it. When a dog is infected by parvovirus, the symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration and depression. Puppies are given a series of three shots, with a booster shot administered one year later and then every three years after that.
Distemper vaccine: Canine distemper is a contagious virus that affects the immune and nervous systems in dogs. Signs that your pup may have distemper include fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, sneezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, muscle twitching, seizures, and more. The distemper vaccine is considered a core vaccine for dogs.
We’ll Vaccinate Your Pet At Huebner Oaks Veterinary Hospital
Getting your dog’s major core vaccines is a vital part to ensuring their longevity and health. While some of the vaccines like rabies are mandatory, others are excellent preventative measures for highly contagious and dangerous diseases. If you’re looking to schedule your pup’s vaccines, visit us at Huebner Oaks Veterinary Hospital in the San Antonio area. Contact us to schedule an appointment!
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