Vaccinations are necessary to protect your pet from potentially harmful (and sometimes deadly) diseases. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your pet with vaccinations and provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your pet. There are many different vaccines, so discussing your pet’s lifestyle with our staff and your veterinarian is important. Not every pet needs to be vaccinated against every disease.
When should I vaccinate my pet?
Puppies should have their first vaccine when they are approximately 8-weeks-old and continue until they are around 4-months-old. It’s essential to start early because maternal antibodies are only effective for 6 to 8 weeks. Vaccination doesn’t end when your pet is an adult. Maintaining vaccines is crucial as they need an adequate amount of immunity. Dogs need boosters every 3 years for the Rabies vaccine, every 6-12 months for Bordetella, and every year for Lyme, DHPP, and Leptospirosis. To discuss a vaccination schedule for your pet, call us at 416-690-0625.
How is my dog at risk for disease?
Your pet is at risk of catching diseases based on their environment and lifestyle. Dogs are highly social and can come in contact with viruses through shared animal spaces such as parks, boarding, or daycare. Even humans can pass on zoonotic diseases to pets or carry viruses on their clothing or shoes. Another way your pet can develop diseases is through insect bites from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
Which vaccines are necessary for my puppy/dog?
With each dose of a vaccine, your pet gets some immunity from diseases. All pets must have core vaccines to protect them from deadly diseases. Core dog vaccines include Rabies and Distemper/ Parvo (DHPP). Based on your pet’s lifestyle, the veterinarian will recommend other non-core vaccines such as Lyme, Bordetella, and Leptospirosis.