When introducing a new puppy or dog to your home, it's crucial to establish a vaccination schedule. Our veterinarians can collaborate with you to develop a plan that safeguards our canine pal against diseases. Vaccines have significantly reduced the mortality rate of illnesses that used to be fatal for dogs in the past, providing them with essential immunity. To learn more, contact us at 705-692-4446.
What’s the difference between core and non-core vaccines for dogs?
While core vaccines are essential, non-core vaccines are given based on the risk of your pet contracting specific diseases. For instance, if you reside in a tick-prone area where Lyme disease is prevalent, we may suggest the Lyme disease vaccine. Some diseases (including Lyme disease) are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans. By vaccinating your pet, you are also safeguarding yourself from potential risks.
What vaccines does my puppy or dog need?
There are two categories of dog vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines are mandatory. They protect against highly contagious and life-threatening diseases. Rabies, Parvovirus, Distemper, and Adenovirus are common core vaccines given to puppies. Non-core vaccines are recommended based on a dog's specific activities and environment. Examples include Bordetella, Leptospirosis, and Lyme disease.
Are vaccines safe for puppies and dogs?
While pets may occasionally experience reactions to vaccines, the overall safety of vaccinations is well-established. Extensive trials have been conducted to ensure the safety of the vaccines administered to your pet. Dogs may exhibit minor side effects such as fever, decreased appetite, or fatigue, which are insignificant compared to the potential risks of being unvaccinated. It's worth noting any reactions your pet may have will typically resolve within 48 hours.