The number one vaccine almost everyone knows about is Rabies. By law animals must be current on rabies, this is not only our stance but the law. The vaccines you may not know about are DAP, DHLPP, and Bordetella. In general, dogs less than 10 lbs and puppies get DAP. This important vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus. We see parvo regularly here at the hospital, and even with treatment survival can sometimes be 50%. DHLPP is a vaccine that
incorporates the same basics as the DAP but also includes Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacteria transmitted by wildlife and many dogs are exposed by something as simple as a rain puddle in the yard. Here in the country we have abundant wildlife so we do routinely recommend this vaccine on inside and outside dogs alike. The last major player for dogs is the Bordetella vaccine or sometimes known as the kennel cough vaccine. Bordetella is most commonly recommended for dogs exposed to other dogs; ie, boarding, grooming, surgeries, and dog park candidates. There are other vaccinations out there that are for more specific conditions. These are considered non routine and our doctors will evaluate your pets risk and decide from there what each should receive.
Like all medicine practices, patient history will be a deciding factor in any preventative protocol our doctors recommend. The above listed vaccines are what we recommend in general and a guideline for preventative medicine. We want what is best for your animal and you! If you have any questions about vaccines don’t hesitate to ask! We would love to help clear up some of your confusion on this important topic and help you to understand why we recommend vaccines!