Dog Vaccinations

The Importance of Dog Vaccinations

Ensuring the health and well-being of your furry companion is a top priority for any pet owner. At Pet Vet in Steinbach, we understand the critical role that vaccinations play in safeguarding your dog’s health. Our pet hospital offers comprehensive vaccination services administered by experienced veterinarians dedicated to providing the best care for your pets.

Dog Vaccinations

Why Vaccinations Are Essential

Vaccinations are a crucial component of preventive veterinary care. They protect dogs from a variety of potentially fatal diseases, including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and kennel cough. By vaccinating your dog, you not only protect your pet but also contribute to the overall health of the animal community by preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

Core and Non-Core Vaccinations

Vaccinations are typically divided into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccinations are essential for all dogs, regardless of lifestyle or location, because they protect against diseases that are widespread and pose severe health risks. These include:

•             Rabies: A fatal viral disease that affects the nervous system and can be transmitted to humans.

•             Distemper: A contagious viral disease that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems.

•             Parvovirus: A highly contagious virus that causes severe gastrointestinal illness in puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

•             Adenovirus: Causes infectious canine hepatitis, a serious disease affecting the liver.

Non-core vaccinations are recommended based on the dog's risk of exposure to specific diseases, which may depend on factors like geographic location and lifestyle. Examples include vaccines for Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and Bordetella (kennel cough).

The Vaccination Schedule

At Pet Vet in Steinbach, our veterinarians will create a personalized vaccination schedule tailored to your dog’s specific needs. Puppies typically begin their vaccination series at 6 to 8 weeks of age, with booster shots given every 3 to 4 weeks until they are about 16 weeks old. Adult dogs will require periodic booster shots to maintain immunity.

The Vaccination Process

When you bring your dog to our animal hospital for vaccinations, our veterinarians will conduct a thorough physical examination to ensure your pet is healthy enough for the vaccines. This examination helps us identify any potential health issues that might affect your dog’s ability to respond to the vaccines effectively.

Post-Vaccination Care

After your dog receives their vaccinations, it is important to monitor them for any adverse reactions. Most dogs experience only mild side effects, such as soreness at the injection site or mild lethargy. Severe reactions are rare but can include symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or swelling. If you notice any unusual behavior or symptoms, contact our pet hospital immediately.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Protecting your dog’s health through regular vaccinations is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. At Pet Vet in Steinbach, we are dedicated to providing high-quality veterinary care to ensure your pet’s well-being. Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? To schedule a vaccination appointment or to learn more about our services, call Pet Vet at (204) 326-6562 today. Your dog’s health and happiness are our top priorities.