Have you recently adopted a puppy? Proper vaccination is one of the first steps toward a lifetime of good health. Here, your Orangevale, CA veterinarian tells you what you need to know.
All puppies need what are called the core vaccines. They’re considered essential for all dogs because of the dangerous and/or contagious nature of the diseases they protect against. The core vaccines are often administered together in a batch, and usually include those against distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. For more information on these diseases and the vaccines that protect against them, contact your vet’s office.
As the name implies, non-core vaccines aren’t considered essential for every dog. They may be beneficial for some, though, based on exposure risk, location, and various other factors. One example is the Bordetella vaccine; the Bordetella virus causes kennel cough, so a dog who will be commonly boarded may benefit from this particular vaccine.
Does your dog need vaccinated? Not sure if your pooch has received the core or non-core vaccinations he or she needs for a clean bill of health? Set up an appointment today at your Orangevale, CA veterinarian’s office. We’re here to help!