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Canine Vaccines

Vaccines have long been considered one of the easiest ways to help pets live long and healthy lives, because they are so effective at preventing many different serious illnesses. When a dog or cat is exposed to the antigens in vaccines, their immune system becomes mildly stimulated and forms an immune response (antibodies). Should that dog or cat ever become exposed to the actual disease-causing organism, their immune system will be prepared to recognize and fend off the virus, thus preventing disease. Most vaccines require two doses, approximately 4-6 weeks apart, to develop good immunity. After this initial series, vaccines are boosted every 1 to 3 years.

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted via the saliva of infected mammals, most commonly through bite wounds.

  • Rabies is preventable, but not curable. If contracted, Rabies is fatal in pets, and can be fatal in humans without prompt administration of a post-exposure vaccination series. The U.S. and other developed countries have seen a drastic reduction in the incidence of Rabies, which is singlehandedly attributable to the Rabies Vaccine.

  • Because of the seriousness of the disease and the importance of maintaining public health, many places mandate that all pets be vaccinated against Rabies. In adult dogs and cats with previous vaccination history, the Rabies Vaccine is effective for 3 years.

Distemper

  • Distemper is a combination vaccine that protects against the following serious diseases in dogs :

  • Distemper - Adenovirus - Parvovirus - Parainfluenza

  • These combination vaccines are considered “core” immunizations by the AAHA because the organisms that they protect against are extremely contagious, and can cause severe gastrointestinal, hepatic and respiratory issues, as well as immune and nervous system disease.

  • In adult dogs and cats with previous vaccination history, the Distemper vaccine can be given every 3 years.

Bordetella

Commonly called “Kennel Cough", Bordetella is a bacterium that can cause respiratory disease and contagious tracheobronchitis.

Bordetella is highly contagious, and can be transmitted through the air or by direct contact.

Due to the highly contagious nature of this disease, the Bordetella vaccine is required at boarding kennels and grooming facilities.

Dogs should get vaccinated if : they spend any time at a boarding kennel, groomer’s or dog park, or if they are frequently exposed to other dogs whose vaccination history is unknown

Vaccine frequency : every year

             Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted via the saliva of infected mammals, most commonly through bite wounds.

Rabies is preventable, but not curable. If contracted, Rabies is fatal in pets, and can be fatal in humans without prompt administration of a post-exposure vaccination series.

The U.S. and other developed countries have seen a drastic reduction in the incidence of Rabies, which is singlehandedly attributable to the Rabies Vaccine.

Because of the seriousness of the disease and the importance of maintaining public health, the State of Maryland mandates that all pets be vaccinated against Rabies.

In adult dogs and cats with previous vaccination history, the Rabies Vaccine is effective for 3 years.

Please make sure you leash your canine friends, when exiting the car and have your kitties in a crate, we are surrounded by luscious fields that have moose, foxes, and coyotes wandering in them! 

Please ensure your pet has been walked to allow for peeing and pooping prior to arrival unless your pet is receiving blood work.

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