Every dog is different and every dog's lifestyle is different. No one vaccination protocol is right for all patients. The doctors at the East Rockaway Veterinary Hospital will tailor a vaccination protocol that is specific for your dog.
Here is a list of the Vaccinations that we currently offer:
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all warm blooded mammals, including dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans. The virus infects cells of the nervous system producing incoordination and behavioral abnormalities. Once the signs of rabies appear, the disease is always fatal. Rabies is usually transmitted by bite wounds. Rabies vaccination for your dog is required by New York state law. We recommend vaccinating for rabies initially at 4 months of age. The first time your pet receives the rabies vaccine, immunization is current for 1 year. Subsequent vaccinations last for 3 years.
Otherwise known as a 4 in 1 the Canine Distemper vaccine is a combination vaccination. It includes Distemper virus, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. Distemper is a widespread virus that causes high mortality in dogs, it infects various tissues producing diarrhea, fever, nasal and ocular discharge, respiratory disease, and neurologic signs. It is transmitted via blood, urine, and saliva. Adenovirus causes hepatitis or liver disease. It is shed through urine and can survive outside the host for weeks or months. Parainfluenza causes respiratory signs that can lead to pneumonia and possible death. It is spread through respiratory secretions. Parvovirus causes severe diarrhea and can be fatal due to severe dehydration. Parvovirus is transmitted through contact with infected feces and is highly contagious. We recommend vaccinating for Canine Distemper initially at 8 weeks of age. Your pet will then receive a booster vaccination 4 weeks later. The Canine Distemper vaccine is then given once yearly.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection resulting from the contact with the urine of infected wildlife or contaminated food or water. The leptospira bacteria infects the kidneys and liver. The disease has a very high mortality rate even with aggressive treatment. It is also important to note that Leptospirosis can also be transmitted to people. Many breeders try to discourage owners from vaccinating against Leptospirosis. Unfortunately many reasons that are given for not vaccinating for this very real and dangerous disease are not based on science. We recommend vaccinating for Leptospirosis initially at 8 weeks of age. Your pet will then receive a booster vaccination 4 weeks later. The Leptospirosis vaccine is then given once yearly.
Bordetella Bronchisepta is a bacteria that is highly contagious and causes respiratory signs that can lead to pneumonia. Dogs who frequent high dog traffic areas such as the groomer, kennel, or dog park should be vaccinated against Bordetella. We recommend the intra-nasal Bordetella vaccine. This vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age initially and then your pet is given a booster every 6 months.
Canine Influenza is responsible for the "dog flu". The disease is known to spread mostly in places that contain large numbers of dogs such as kennels. Please ask one of our veterinarians if this vaccination is right for your dog. This vaccine is given once yearly after the initial series. The initial series of vaccination consists of one vaccine and then a booster 4 weeks later.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted via a tick bite. The most common symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, lethargy, and joint pain. Lyme disease can also cause other serious conditions such as kidney failure. If your pet travels to or spends time in areas where there are ticks we highly recommend this vaccination. This vaccine is given once yearly after the initial series. The initial series of vaccination consists of one vaccine and then a booster 4 weeks later.