All dogs are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies. Once your dog has been vaccinated two times within a 9 to 12 month period, he can receive a 3 year rabies vaccination. DA2PP is given as a 3 vaccination series for puppies followed by a 3 year vaccination one year later. A titer test (blood test) is available which can determine your dog's antibody level to distemper and parvovirus (the two most critical diseases in this combination vaccine). If you wish to avoid the routine 3 year vaccinations, the titer test can tell us whether your pet needs them or not. Lyme vaccine is recommended on an annual basis as is leptospirosis vaccinations. This is particularly important for dogs who go out frequently and especially if they go off leash or run in the woods.
Rabies: A viral disease which is caused by a bite from an infected animal and is always fatal.
Distemper: A viral disease which can cause neurological problems and is often fatal.
Parvovirus: A viral disease which can cause severe GI signs in exposed animals and may be fatal.
Parainfluenza: A viral disease which causes respiratory disease.
Adenovirus: A viral disease which can cause hepatitis in dogs.
Lyme: A disease common to our area which can cause arthritis, renal failure, extreme lethargy and weakness. Spread by deer ticks.
Leptospirosis: Spread through contaminated water. Carried in the urine of infected animals. Contracted by most species (humans included) and highly contagious, it can cause damage to the liver and kidneys.