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Vaccinations: Dogs

Just like children, your puppy needs to be protected from disease and illness, and it starts when they are small. Adult dogs need booster shots to maintain protection. Vaccinations can help your pet live a healthier, longer life. Vaccines address many viral and bacterial sicknesses such as adenovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. These common viral and bacterial issues can cause symptoms ranging from sneezing and coughing to very serious health conditions that can lead to death.

The Basic Vaccinations Your Dog Will Need

Some vaccinations are foundational to your dog's good health. The following are the most important vaccinations your dog will need:

  • Bordetella: this vaccine helps reduce or prevent respiratory infections that may lead to pneumonia.
  • Distemper/parvo combination: this vaccine will fight several diseases that are often fatal.
  • Rabies: this vaccine will fight rabies, which is fatal for all mammals (including dogs and people), and are required under Florida state law.

Common Vaccinations Your Dog Will Need

Here are some other common vaccinations that will help keep your dog healthy in the years ahead:

  • Coronavirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

Dog Vaccination Schedule

Below is an easy to follow guide for your dog's vaccinations. If you have any questions about any of these vaccines, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian.

Dog's Age Vaccination Schedule
6 - 8 weeks Adenovirus, Bordetella, Distemper, Measles, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus
10 - 12 Weeks Coronavirus, Leptospirosis
12 – 24 Weeks Rabies
14 – 16 Weeks Adenovirus, Distemper, Parainfluenza, Paravirus
12 – 16 Months Rabies
Every 2 Years Adenovirus, Distemper, Parainfluenza, Paravirus

Are Dogs Required to Be Vaccinated for Rabies?

Yes! This is a statewide rule for all dogs. In Florida, dogs over four months old must be vaccinated against rabies. The reason for this is because rabies is a disease that can easily be passed from dogs to human beings. In the unfortunate event of an unvaccinated dog biting a person, animal control will quarantine and possibly euthanize the dog. In Redington Beach county, the fine for a dog not vaccinated for rabies biting a person is $1,000. Protect your dog – and your family and others in the neighborhood against this dangerous disease.

My Puppy Got Shots Earlier – Why are More Needed?

Just like humans, dogs need to keep their vaccinations current. Veterinarians treat animals in a similar manner to human medicine, and update vaccines, as the protection lasts for a limited period of time. Once a vaccine's effectiveness wears off, your dog becomes vulnerable to disease and illness until the vaccination is updated. Many dog breeds also require more frequent booster shots than others. Each dog is different, so schedule an appointment to speak to our vet about what is best for your dog.

Other Dog Care Services

When you are planning your dog's vaccination schedule, you should also be aware of other services our vet can provide. The following are all recommended to dog owners:

  • Flea and tick products (these vaccinate against bites from parasites like fleas, flies, mites and ticks)
  • Microchipping (a form of identification that guarantees your dog can be recognized if you become separated)
  • Heartworm prevention (parasitic worms can infect your dog's pulmonary arteries and heart that may be fatal if left untreated)
  • Deworming (eliminating intestinal parasites like hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms)

Why Should I Have My Dog Vaccinated at Affordable Animal Hospital?

Vaccines play an important part in keeping your dog healthy as they grow. Vaccines assist your dog's immune system to ward off many serious disease-causing bacteria. Without being properly vaccinated, your pet could develop a dangerous, potentially fatal illness. Vaccinating your pets at our animal hospital will prevent many health problems that can be difficult to treat. There is no cure for rabies and parvo is usually fatal for dogs. By vaccinating your dog correctly, you can be confident that you have done all you can to keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe from the risk of these diseases.

Our dedicated, talented staff is ready to work with you to create a safe, personalized schedule for your dog's vaccinations. We take into consideration your dog's unique lifestyle factors (age, medical history, travel issues and home environment) when we plan out the best veterinary care schedule. We offer high quality Redington Beach dog vaccines at affordable rates.

Contact Affordable Animal Hospital

We have taken on the mission of providing top quality pet care at affordable prices. The health and longevity of your pet is important, and we can help your pet stay healthy and live longer. Scheduling an appointment for your dog will give you all the information about the required and optional vaccinations that will keep your furry family member healthy. Contact our Redington Beach vet clinic today to inquire about some of the top low cost dog vaccinations Redington Beach has to offer.

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