For every patient that we vaccinate for Rabies, Healing Paws provides vaccination for a shelter pet!
Canine Vaccines That Prevent and Reduce Disease
All vaccinations given to dogs at Healing Paws Veterinary Care are analyzed to be the lowest volume, purest lines, with the most minimal side effects and highest levels of effectiveness available. When we choose a vaccine for your dog, we are choosing the vaccine brand that we also give our own dogs!
Rabies vaccinations are given every 1-3 years based on your dog’s age, the brand of vaccination, AAHA vaccination guidelines and state requirements.Because Rabies is a disease that is always fatal, can not be tested for prior to death, and is transmissible to humans, Pennsylvania state law requires all pet dogs be vaccinated for Rabies. This protects not only you and your dog from Rabies but also protects you from the sad possibility of needing to have them isolated from you in lengthy Rabies quarantines and potentially euthanized for testing in the unfortunate event that they bite someone out of pain or fear.
DHPP, DAPP or DHLPP (aka “distemper”)
DHPP protects your dog from the deadly diseases of distemper virus, hepatitis caused by adeno virus, parvo virus and parainfluenza (if included). If there is an “L” in your dog’s distemper vaccination title that means it also protects for leptospirosis (see below). These viruses are spread by respiratory secretions and feces so are spread by your pet ingesting dirt in their mouth or inhaling other dog’s respiratory droplets, or coming in contact with your clothing if it has been exposed. Dogs are recommended to receive an initial series of 2-4 vaccinations based on their age and risk and then the “Distemper” vaccination should be boostered every 1-3 years based on your dog’s risk, lifestyle, and current guidelines. Your veterinarian will determine if your dog should receive leptospirosis vaccination combined in the distemper vaccine or separately.
Your dog’s safe and effective protocol will be based on entering their lifestyle, risk, and age factors into account using the dog specific and science based guidelines found here: AAHA Vaccination Guidelines
It is normal for your dog to be sore or tired after vaccinations as their immune system does its job of creating immunity. This normally is mild and should last no more than 24 hrs. If an ice pack and rest does not make your dog comfortable please call us so that we can help.
Want more information about vaccine side effects?
Vaccine Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Interested in vaccine titers as an alternative to vaccinating your dog?
Canine Vaccine Titers