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To our Clients
Regarding Yearly Vaccinations:
Controversy Exists about how to provide the best protection you can and still create the least risk for an adverse vaccination reaction. On the internet, in the papers, from breeders, friends, trainers, groomers, you may obtain an absolutely certain opinion that may be true, partially true, or completely wrong. Please ask us your questions and voice your concerns to us. We are the ones who care the most about you getting the best information. We constantly seek out the newest reliable information to see if changes in our protocols are warranted.
Our Vaccination Policy:
We do not administer vaccines except as a medical procedure that we feel is properly indicated based on the age, risk of exposure, health status, past vaccine history, and intended life- style of your pet. We recommend yearly physical examinations for every pet, and we can discuss the appropriateness of vaccination at those times. There are antibody titer tests that can be run to know whether your pet is properly protected or not. 25% of those we have tested do not have adequate protection and require vaccination boosters, even though some experts have said all pets are protected many years longer.
For the Future:
There are new vaccines that have been granted 3-year duration by the FDA, but they contain 5 times the regular amount of viral particles, so we are currently waiting to see if they are safe over a long period of time as the ones we currently use. As information becomes available, as vaccine companies develop improvements in their products, as we understand the immune system and vaccination reactions better, we may recommend less frequent vaccinations, or individually create protocols for each pet. But for now, we choose the safest vaccines available, which routinely provide the highest level of protection, with the least likelihood for vaccine reaction, and we recommend yearly re-vaccination for most pets, except for rabies which is every 3 years.
Many canine diseases are now prevented through vaccination. A vaccination schedule prepared by your veterinarian can greatly contribute to good health and longer life span for your dog. Below are some of the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available.
Canine Distemper (D) is a viral disease that is wide spread and often fatal even with the best medical treatment. Symptoms are varied but include respiratory,gastrointestinal and neurologic signs. All dogs should be vaccinated against distemper.
Canine Adenovirus type 1 and type 2 (A2) cause infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection,respectively.Hepatitis caused by adenovirus type-1 may cause severe liver and kidney damage or death. Adenovirus type -2 is an important factor in kennel cough.
Canine Leptospirosis (L) is a bacterial infection that may lead to permanent kidney damage. The disease is easily spread to other pets and to humans.
Canine Parainfluenza (P) is another cause of kennel cough. Although parainfluenza is often a mild respiratory infection in otherwise healthy dogs, it can be severe in puppies or debilitated dogs.
Canine Parvovirus(PV) infection is a disease of widespread distribution that may cause severe dehydrating diarrhea in dogs of varying ages. Parvovirus infection is especially dangerous for puppies.
Rabies is one of the worlds most publicized and feared diseases and is almost always fatal. Rabies virus attacks the brain and central nervous system and is transmitted to humans chiefly through the bite of an infected animal.
Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) is a tick transmitted disease. Lyme disease in dogs can cause acute joint pain and inflammation, fever, arthritis and in some cases kidney failure. In this area this disease has increasingly become a concern. We are currently recommending vaccination for all dogs.
Canine Flu (Influenza) Canine flu is a contagious viral disease that can spread quickly among dogs. It affects a dog's respiratory system and may cause serious illness. In the US, outbreaks of canine flu were first reported in 2004 and the virus has since spread across country.
Canine Bordetella (Bordatella Bronchiseptica) may contribute to kennel cough. This bacterial infection can occur alone or in combination with distemper, adenovirus type- 2 infection, parainfluenza and other respiratory problems.
The first 5 diseases are included in the DA2PLCPV vaccine.
We Recommended The Following Vaccine schedule:
8-9 weeks: Da2PLCPV first vaccine,Lyme first Vaccine, first Influenza Heartworm preventive
12 weeks: DA2PLCPV second vaccine, Lyme second vaccine, Bordetella and Influenza(if boarding or puppy class), Heartworm preventive
16weeks DA2PLCPV third vaccine, Bordatella second vaccine, Rabies one year, Heartworm preventive
1 year and older: DA2PLCPV yearly,Lyme yearly,Rabies three year, Heartworm Test three year, Continue Heartworm Preventive, Bordetella (if boarding ,showing).
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