In recent years, vaccinations have been a key point of any conversation. What is the benefit of vaccination and are they worth getting? These are complicated questions when thinking about yourself and the lifestyle you want to live, but they shouldn’t be for your dog. Dog vaccines are important for keeping your best friend happy and healthy for years to come. But which vaccinations should you be getting for your dog?
There are many different types of dog vaccines you can get in the Appleton area. It is in your best interest to talk to your veterinarian about what vaccines are right for your dog. The core vaccinations every dog should receive is well agreed upon by veterinarians in Appleton and the surrounding areas.
Rabies vaccinations are a must if you own or want to own a dog. It is actually required by law in Wisconsin to vaccinate your dog from rabies before it becomes 5 months old. Then another rabies vaccination is required within a year of the first vaccination. All preceding vaccinations are required before the immunization expires, or if none is specified before 3 years have transpired since the last vaccination. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that can be transferred from biting or scratching. To help keep this community healthy, Rabies is an essential dog vaccine in Appleton and all over the state of Wisconsin.
Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that infects dogs and attacks their small intestines or the stomach. It can be transferred from an infected dog sniffing or licking and even from contaminated objects or feces. Appleton is a neighborhood with many parks and decently sized backyards where your pet could infect another so this is another important dog vaccine.
Distemper is also highly contagious but can also be fatal. It affects multiple organs and even can affect the central nervous system of your dog. To keep your dog safe, this shot is needed.
Just like the CDC recommends newborn babies get the hepatitis B vaccine when they are born, so do we suggest your canine get the hepatitis vaccine. It is important to take care of your furry best friend as if they are family. Symptoms vary from a slight fever to severe depression and marked leukopenia.
These are the four vaccines that are a must in the Appleton area to keep the community and your pet safe. Talk to your veterinarian for more information about dog vaccines and what vaccines your specific dog might be at risk for.
Call us at Animal Medical Center, we are here to help answer any pet questions you might have. We serve pets in Appleton and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton.