Dog Vaccinations

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Dog Vaccinations

The Dog Vaccinations, that your pet really needs, depends almost entirely upon you and your pet’s lifestyle.
If they are not exposed to a disease, it is difficult to catch it therefore, they may not need to be protected against that disease. However, if your pet is occasionally or continually exposed to a disease they may be at risk of contracting it. Pets are no different than people in that regard.

Vaccination recommendations are based upon the AAHA* Canine Vaccine Guidelines and local disease conditions
*AAHA – American Animal Hospital Association.

Dog Vaccinations – lifestyle

    You and your pet may be considered homebodies if;

  • You and your dog stay home mostly and rarely go out…
  • Or you and your pet rarely socialize with other pets…
  • Therefore, there is probably little risk of contracting a contagious disease.

    You and your pet may be considered Partiers if;

  • You and your dog cannot let a good party go to waste or are continually socializing with other pets…
  • Or maybe your pet cannot bear to miss their monthly stylist appointment, a weekly trip to the dog park or their daily romp at the doggy daycare…
  • Or maybe you travel extensively and your pet is boarded frequently..
  • With this lifestyle there is probably a much higher risk of contracting a contagious disease.

    However, most of our pets would be considered Tweeners because;

  • Most dogs fall somewhere in between being an extreme ‘homebody and an extreme ‘partier’.
  • So, our pet’s lifestyle (and risk level) is somewhere between a homebody and a partier. We only vaccinate for the diseases we are likely to encounter in our circle of contacts.

Dog Vaccinations – Which vaccines does my pet really need?

    Because of their risk level, may be able to do well with the barest minimum of vaccines. Example.

  • Rabies
  • DAPP – Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, parainfluenza
    Because of their very high risk level, probably should have every dog vaccination known to man. (NOTE: this list may be slightly exaggerated…) Example

  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Canine oral melanoma
  • Leptospira interrogans
  • CCoV – Canine enteric coronavirus
  • CAV-1 – Canine Adenovirus Type-1
  • Borrelia burgdorferi – Lyme Disease
  • CRCoV – Canine respiratory corona virus
  • Prphyromonas Denticanis-Gula-Saliosa Bacterin
  • CIV, H3N8 – Canine Influenza Virus – Canine Flu
  • CIV, H3N2 – Canine Influenza Virus – Canine Flu
  • Crotalus atros – Western Diamondback rattlesnake vaccine
  • DAPP – Distemper, Adenovirus Type-2, Parvovirus, parainfluenza
  • This is only a partial list of available dog vaccines
    Because of your dog’s risk level, probably only needs the basic vaccines ‘plus’.?

  • Rabies
  • DAPP – Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, parainfluenza
  • The ‘Plus’… Dog Vaccinations – Is where your dog’s lifestyle becomes very important.
  • So, based upon your pet’s lifestyle exposure, how do you decide which dog vaccinations your pet really needs?

Dog Vaccinations – We can Help

Doctors at Dunedin Animal Medical Center do this on daily basis. They discuss pet lifestyles with their owners and make recommendations regarding the dog vaccinations that would be most appropriate for that pet. Based upon your pet’s lifestyle and your desires we arrive at which dog vaccinations your pet really needs.
Because lifestyles are subject to change (for whatever reason) we suggest that you discuss your pet’s lifestyle at each appointment with your veterinarian.

Are Dog Vaccinations Safe?

Modern dog vaccinations are safe. The majority of pets respond well but as with human vaccines, there are some risks. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. The most common side effects of dog vaccinations are low-grade fever, depression or decreased appetite. These are generally short-lived (24-48 hours), require no treatment and are similar to what people experience after a flu or tetanus shot.
Allergic reactions can occur. Vomiting, diarrhea, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or extremities and hives are some clinical signs of these rare allergic reactions.
If your pet experiences any of these allergic-reaction signs after receiving their dog vaccinations please call Dunedin Animal Medical Center immediately. 727-738-2273.
If after-hours, please call your local Veterinary Emergency Center.

Dog Vaccinations Appointment – what to expect.

Most dog vaccination appointments are scheduled for 20 minutes. If you need additional time with your veterinarian please inform our reception staff when you make your appointment.

  • Appointments keep waiting times to a minimum, Please call 727-738-2270 to schedule your appointment
  • If this is your first visit please arrive ~15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
  • Please bring a fecal sample.
  • Pet Physical Exam, Please make a list of items that you would like to discuss regarding your pets’ health.
  • If unable to keep your appointment for Dog Vaccinations, kindly call 24 hours in advance.