The Canine Combo Vaccine

A canine combo vaccine includes many different viruses that your dog can be exposed to over his lifetime. It’s similar to getting the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine for your children. Except puppies are not exposed to measles and mumps, they are exposed to viruses like parvovirus and distemper virus. I will discuss the viruses in a bit, first let’s get to when to vaccinate!

The first time your puppy should get vaccinated is at 6-8 weeks of age. Puppies get a lot of antibodies to viruses from their mother’s milk. However, as they age, the antibodies from their mother start to decrease and that is when they need to get vaccinated. Just like children with MMR, puppies have to get several vaccines in a row. This series of vaccines helps the body have a better ability to fight the infections if your dog is exposed. The canine combo vaccine has to be repeated every 3-4 weeks until your dog is four months old. After that, the vaccine is repeated in one year and then generally every three years depending on the type of vaccine that is given.

Giving your dog the canine combo vaccine is very important! Viruses like distemper and parvovirus are found through out the environment. Parvovirus is highly contractible and can live for a year on things like grasses, soil, and carpet. The approximate cost for treating a puppy for parvovirus with a one-week hospital stay with IV fluids and IV antibiotics is $5,000.

Distemper is a virus that causes lung, neurological, and gastrointestinal problems. Many animals have to be euthanized because they have continuous seizures. Both of these conditions are completely preventable if you vaccinate and if you are aware that your dog is not completely protected from these viruses until it has completed its series of canine combo vaccines. You should never let your dog be on the ground in unfamiliar locations. For example, you have no idea if a dog with parvovirus was at your local park within the last year. You can take your dog to the park, but make sure you keep him off the ground. It’s great to expose your puppy to all sorts of noises, environments, and experiences as he is growing. You just need to remember to vaccinate and keep the puppy off unknown areas until completing the series.

We offer low cost vaccines at all three of our locations.

Please come by and we can help you determine what vaccines your pet needs to prevent unnecessary diseases from happening.

-DR. KATIE

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