Distemper/Parvo - This vaccine protects against Canine Distemper virus, Canine Parvo virus, Adenovirus type I (canine hepatitis), Adenovirus type 2 (canine respiratory disease complex), and canine parainfluenza virus. Canine Distemper (affects the respiratory tract, brain, and skin) and Canine Parvo (attacks the lining of the intestine, the bone marrow, and the resulting sepsis is life-threatening) are the two most common diseases this vaccine prevents. We use only the latest technology vaccine which eliminates the common side effects of vaccination with a modified live Distemper virus vaccine (muscle tremors, facial twitches, respiratory infection, or seizures). Our vaccine utilizes genetic engineering to provide protection against the disease without any of these side effects; instead of a weakened live distemper virus it uses a canary pox virus whose genetic material has been altered to give protection against the distemper virus. As a bonus, this vaccine gives protection against distemper even in the face of maternal antibodies that can block vaccinations in young puppies.
Lyme Disease - Lyme disease is a common disease in dogs in this area and is increasing dramatically in numbers. Idexx Reference Lab reports more cases of Lyme disease than heartworm disease here on the Peninsula! Once a dog has contracted Lyme disease it cannot be cured, can only be controlled, with antibiotics. In larger breed dogs a rapidly fatal Lyme nephritis can develop, an immune mediated destruction of the kidneys. Vaccination for Lyme disease and aggressive tick and flea control are strongly recommended.
Contagious Canine Cough - Previously called Kennel Cough, this disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted by clothing, shoes, and other objects, so contact with an infected dog is NOT required to contract this disease. In fact, more than 50% of contagious canine cough cases never come into contact with another dog.
Rabies - Vaccination is required by law. Since we are in a rabies epidemic state the health department treats unvaccinated cats who bite or scratch someone to be a rabies risk and, to determine if the injured person needs to go through the painful rabies exposure treatment, they usually have the dog euthanized, decapitated, and the head sent to the state lab for rabies testing. If the dog has a current rabies vaccination a bite or scratch is handled differently, a ten-day quarantine period in your home. Why take a chance with your dog's life?
"But my dog is an indoor dog. Why does he/she need a rabies vaccination?" A fourteen-year-old girl died in New York from rabies she contracted from their 100% indoor unvaccinated pet. Genetic analysis of the rabies virus determined it originated in a bat."