Dog Health l Vaccines

Vaccines are an important aspect of preventative medicine not only in our pets' health, but also in our community.  Some diseases, such as Rabies and Leptospirosis, people can also contract.  These guide-lines have been developed from decades of research by veterinarians and immunologists.  Our Lincoln community is fortunate that we do ot see many cases of these diseases we vaccinate for, but that is because vaccines work!  At VHVH, we recognize these are guidelines and try to adjust vaccine protocols to each individual patient's needs.

Puppies

At VHVH, we recommend vaccinating puppies as soon as 7 weeks old for Distemper and Parvovirus.  Puppies require boosters for the distemper and Parvovirus every 3-4 weeks until 18-20 weeks to maximize their efficacy.

Leptospirosis is a vaccine recommended in this area since this disease can cause serious illnesses.  At VHVH, can be included in the Distemper and Parvovirus vaccine we use here.  It is recommended to start this vaccine at 12 weeks and booster once 3-4 weeks later.

A one year Rabies Virus vaccine as early as 12 weeks of age is required by Lancaster County.

Bordetella, or "Kennel Cough" can be given as early as 7 weeks of age.  This vaccine is recommended for dogs that will be around other dogs frequently, such as going to the groomers, boarding facilities, and dog parks.  Some facilities, and dog parks.  Some facilities require this vaccine to be boostered every 6-12 months for boarding or grooming services.

Adult Dogs

We recommend annual boosters for Distemper-Parvovirus-Leptospirosis and Bordetella.

Rabies is required by law to be boostered on year after initial vaccine, then boostered every 3 years, thereafter.

Bordetella is recommended to be boostered annually.  This vaccine is recommended for dogs that will be around other dogs frequently, such as going to the groomers, boarding facilities, and dog parks.  Some facilities require this vaccine to be boostered every 6-12 months for boarding or grooming services.

Other canine vaccines are commercially available, such as the Lyme disease vaccine.  If you have questions about other vaccines, please consult with our veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Additional Canine Vaccines

Other canine vaccines are commercially available, such as the Lyme disease vaccine.  If your have questions about other vaccines, please consult with our veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Parasites

Intestinal Parasites-fecal exams are highly recommended.  During these exams, we can detect Roundowmrs, Hookworms, Whipworms, Coccida and Giardia.