Canine Vaccines

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Active Immunity

Vaccines provide active immunity. They provide exposure to a pathogen, which will trigger the immune system's memory and quickly destroy the antigen causing the infection if the animal is exposed.

Core Vaccines

Distemper- eyes, callusing of nose and footpads, whiteheads, low white blood cell count

Parvovirus- bloody diarrhea, vomiting

Adenovirus 2- inflamed trachea and bronchi, dry cough, foaming mouth

Parainfluenza- dry, unproductive cough

Rabies- attacks central nervous system (no cure)

Non-Core Vaccines

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)- loud, dry cough

Leptospira- fever, depression, joint pain, liver failure

Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme)- joint pain, fever, shifting lameness, kidney failure

Vaccine Schedule

Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza- (one vaccine)- given between 6-8 weeks of age, then repeated every 2 weeks until 16 weeks of age, then a booster at one year, a booster at to years, then every three years afterwards.

Rabies- given at 12 weeks of age, repeated at one year, given every three years after

Bordetella (kennel cough)- (injectable, nasal, or oral)- given at 12 weeks, then a booster given 3 weeks later, then a booster yearly

Leptospira and Borrelia Burgdorferi (lyme) have the same vaccine schedule as bordetella but is not offered with a nasal or oral injection.

All non core vaccines are seperate


Dog with vaccine. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 14.

Vaccine beagle. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.