When your pet is vaccinated, they are introduced to a safe dose of a particular virus which teaches their body how to fight off exposure to the virus in the future. All dogs must be vaccinated against Rabies, Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, and Canine Hepatitis. These diseases spread easily and have the potential to cause death. Your loyal companion may need other vaccines, and our team will consider your pet's risk factors before recommending additional vaccines. To learn which vaccines your pet needs, please reach out to us at 416-966-1830.
When should my puppy or dog begin vaccinations?
Puppies should start their first round of vaccines when they are 6 to 12 weeks old. The puppy series continues until they are 3 or 4-months-old. As an adult, your pet will need boosters every 1 to 3 years. Their initial vaccines offer immunity for a period of time, and our team will recommend boosters when needed.
What do vaccines protect my dog from?
The following are diseases your pet is protected from when fully vaccinated:
- Rabies: This affects the nervous system and is spread through bites from an infected animal. Humans can also get this disease from animals.
- Lyme disease: Your pet will have joint pain, inflammation, and fatal kidney damage.
- Bordetella/Kennel Cough: Lung infection, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing are some symptoms that your dog will experience with this disease.
- Canine Parvovirus: This disease can cause death. Other symptoms will include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and bone marrow suppression.
- Canine Distemper Virus: Pets with this disease suffer from fever, seizures, lung disease, and even death.
- Leptospirosis: Your pet contracts the disease from infected urine or contaminated water. They will experience liver and kidney damage, vomiting, and fever.
- Adenovirus Type 2: This causes respiratory illness, and pneumonia and can result in death.
Are vaccines safe for my pet?
Yes. Each patient may react differently to the vaccine, so we tell pet owners what possible side effects to look out for. Some pets may lose their appetite, become fatigued, and have a fever, diarrhea, and a lump at the injection site. These reactions are normal and usually subside within 48 hours.