Dog Vaccines

Here is a list of the diseases for which vaccines are available:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Coronavirus
  • Bordetella
  • Giardia
  • Rattlesnake Bite

WOW, that’s some list! Does my pet need all of these every year? Heavens NO. The staff of Trinity Pet Hospital will take a written assessment of every pet to determine what is needed and when.

It is crucial to your pet’s health to follow the vaccine schedule provided by us. Missing a vaccine booster or being a little late could put your pet at risk of contracting these diseases

CANINE CORE VACCINES

These vaccines are needed for all puppies and dogs with an unknown vaccine history. These diseases are very serious and cause significant illness and possible death. Vaccines result in very good protection. These CORE VACCINES include Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Distemper, and Canine Adenovirus (formerly hepatitis). Puppies receive these vaccines at 6-8 weeks, 9-11 weeks, and 12-16 weeks of age. After a booster at one year of age, revaccination is recommended every three years. There are special circumstances that require more or less frequent revaccination. Some vaccines (killed or recombinant) have different schedules.

CANINE RABIES VACCINE

We follow local and state guidelines. A single killed vaccine is given between 14-16 weeks of age. Adult dogs with an unknown vaccine history are also given a dose of killed vaccine. After a booster at one year of age, rabies vaccination can be given every three years with approved vaccines.

CANINE NON-CORE VACCINES

These vaccines are given when there is a significant risk or exposure of the dog. It is based on geographic location and lifestyle. The staff of Trinity Pet Hospital will carefully evaluate your dog to see if these vaccines are needed.

Canine Bordetella bronchisepta

This is considered the main agent for kennel cough in dogs. It is given to dogs being kenneled, in training classes, in doggy day care, or those that go to dogs parks or the beach. For dogs that travel or are exposed to other dogs, this vaccine is a must.

Canine Leptospira Vaccines

There are many types of Leptospirosis. Wild and domestic animals are the reservoirs of the disease. It is transmitted by exposure to the urine of carrier animals. Stagnant or slow moving water can act as a habitat for these organisms to thrive. Leptospirosis is alive and well in Florida. It can cause liver and kidney failure. We use a vaccine with four leptospiral serovars.

Canine Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme) Vaccine

We are all familiar with Lyme disease. It is transmitted through the bite of local deer ticks, especially on the east coast and where ticks are known to thrive.

Giardia

This is a parasite that can cause chronic diarrhea in dogs. It can be spread to humans. The good news is that 9 of 10 dogs respond well to treatment and most of the dogs infected have no symptoms. The vaccine does not prevent infection, but may reduce shedding and clinical signs. Its use is limited.

Canine Coronavirus

This virus infects the lining of intestines. It can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Infected dogs can spread the disease to other dogs. It is typically a disease of young puppies.

Rattlesnake bite

This vaccine was developed from the Western Diamond Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). It may also help with other rattlesnake bites. This is a relatively new vaccine and we have limited data on the effectiveness. We will be happy to discuss the need for this vaccine.