Healthy dogs can benefit from vaccinations to stay disease-free. We at University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, are here to let you know about the puppy vaccines every dog may need to get a healthy start in life. If you need pet care, our vet at our animal hospital is here to help.
How Puppy Vaccination Keeps Your Dog Healthy
Vaccines are designed to prevent infectious diseases so that treatment is never needed. They "teach" your dog's immune system how to respond to specific infections. With some puppy vaccines, your dog's immune system needs a "refresher course" to keep your dog protected against common canine infections.
Core Vaccines for Dogs
There are different types of vaccines that every dog is recommended to have.
Rabies vaccination is essential for dogs because they can come in contact with raccoons, bats, cats, skunks, foxes, squirrels, coyotes, or other dogs that can have rabies. Rabies can be lethal in pets and it can be spread yo humans. That is why many states require your dog to be vaccinated against it.
Another disease core puppy vaccination protects against is canine distemper virus. The infection can result in fever, snotty nose, coughing, loss of appetite, and loss of energy.
Canine parvovirus, better known as parvo, is also dangerous for pets and we will likely recommend that you vaccinate your pet against it. We might also recommend that you get your puppy vaccinated against hepatitis as well.
Non-Core Vaccines for Dogs
Non-core vaccines are vaccinations that are recommended under certain circumstance instead of generally.
Dogs might benefit from vaccination for Bordetella, also known as kennel cough. Depending on how much time your dog spends outdoors, we may also recommend vaccines for Lyme disease.
Get a Pet Wellness Exam
There is a good chance that we will provide your pet with his vaccines during a pet wellness exam. THese wellness exams are here to help detect any health conditions in your pet early so that we can help get him the treatment he needs. We can also provide a number of other services at these exams, including pet vaccinations.
Get a Puppy Vaccination and Dog Exam from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
At University Parkway Animal Hospital, we prefer to see pets being brought in for prevention, not for treatment. Schedule your pet's healthy dog exam today. Don't leave your puppy vulnerable to disease. Call us at (731) 661-0711. We serve Jackson, TN, and are here to help you keep your dog safe from preventable diseases. Our vet is here to help.