Vaccinations - Canine

The Family Pet Canine  Vaccine Protocols for Healthy Dogs
(Using American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA, Canine  Guidelines)

Prior to vaccinations, dogs must be scheduled for an appointment with the doctor to determine when/if vaccines are due. Appointments will then be scheduled based on the DVM's recommendations.

*All vaccines used by The Family Pet are manufacturer guaranteed. Should there be any concern about them failing, the manufacturer will cover the testing and treatment if needed.*

Rabies (core):

  • Puppies and Young Adults: Can be given as early as 12 weeks of age. This is good for one year reminder.
  • Adults: Re-vaccinate 1 year later, and this will be good for three years

DHPP (core):

  • Puppies: Begin as early as 6 weeks of age, then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age.
  • Young Dogs: 2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart
  • Adult Booster: A single dose is given 1 year following the last does of the initial series. This will last for one year.
  • Annual Boosters: A single dose is given 1 year following the last vaccine: this will last for three years (to be out of yearly sequence with the rabies vaccine)

Recommended for dogs who have exposure to other dogs (boarding, grooming, dog parks or day care).

  • Intraoral (all ages): Can be given as early as 6 weeks of age. Protection lasts 1 year. Some boarding facilities and groomers require every 6 months.
  • Injectable: 2 doses 3-4 weeks apart for initial series then once yearly. EXCEPTIONS include healthy pets that the Bordetella is due out of sequence with annual exam (as ordered by the doctor), required for boarding/grooming and recently adopted dogs that have incomplete history.

Leptospirosis (non-core):
Recommended for dogs with exposure to stagnant, such as puddles, water (dog parks, hunting, camping)

  • Puppies & Young Dogs:  Can be given as early as 12 weeks of age.  2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart, then repeated yearly if considered high risk (not generally recommended)

Influenza H3N2 (non-core):
Recommended for pets who are at high risk of influenza exposure

  • Puppies & Adults: Can be given as early as 6 weeks of age. 2 doses, 3 - 4 weeks apart, then repeated yearly.
(Vaccine is Available at The Family Pet)
Recently, we’ve been receiving questions from our pet parents about the new dog virus called canine influenza. They are concerned about stories they had seen or read in the news about “dog flu” outbreaks. In answering their questions, we realized that all our dog owners may have similar concerns and questions. So, we writing to tell you about the canine influenza and what puts dogs at risk and what can be done to protect them.

Canine influenza is a relatively new disease and can be caused by two different canine influenza virus strains, H3N8 and H3N2. Both strains of canine influenza virus cause respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

Canine influenza is highly contagious, so visiting places where dogs socialize such as doggie day cares, dog parks, boarding facilities and urban locations, place dogs at a higher risk. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus up to 21 days before signs of illness appear.

The best way to protect your dog from the canine influenza is through vaccination. Fortunately, there are vaccines now available for each strain. The initial vaccination requires two doses of the vaccine, given 2-4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster is recommended for continued protection.

We have the vaccine available. Please call to discuss any questions or concerns you might have and to set up an appointment.

We look forward to hearing from you


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