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Vaccinating your dog is crucial for their safety, health, and longevity. Without proper vaccination, your dog can become susceptible and vulnerable to diseases and viruses. Some diseases do not have a cure yet. That is why dog vaccinations Washington play a critical role in preventing your dog from catching such diseases.

Vaccines work by preparing your dog’s immune system to counter or be resistant to threatening viruses. You can vaccinate your dog with either core or non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are required to be administered to dogs irrespective of their breed and location. These vaccines protect not only your pet but also you, as their owner. Non-core vaccines are optional and can be administered depending on your dog’s location, breed, or age. However, non-core vaccines are still beneficial in giving your dog immunity from certain diseases that may commonly spread in your area.

Core vaccines are administered to dogs to prevent the following:

Canine Distemper
Canine distemper is a highly contagious and dangerous disease that attacks the dog’s gastrointestinal, respiratory, and nervous systems. The virus is caught when your dog comes into contact with an infected dog or wild animal. The usual symptoms of distemper in dogs are watery or pus-like discharge coming from the eyes, fever, lethargy, nasal discharge, coughing, and vomiting. If the disease continues to progress, the nervous system of the infected dogs will be attacked or permanently damaged. Dogs that are most vulnerable to canine distemper are unvaccinated dogs and puppies under 16 weeks old. A series of vaccination shots can be administered to puppies or dogs, starting from when they are six weeks old until they are 16 weeks old.
Canine Parvovirus
Canine parvovirus is a deadly virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs. If an infected puppy is left untreated, it may die within a few days. Even though the dog may have survived canine parvovirus, they are still likely to develop gastrointestinal problems later in life. Canine parvovirus spreads when the dog comes into contact with contaminated feces. Dogs infected with canine parvovirus can exhibit symptoms of lethargy, bloody diarrhea, bloating, fever or hypothermia, and vomiting. Unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are at higher risk for canine parvovirus, but dogs of all ages can catch it. Puppies between 6 to 12 weeks old should receive a vaccination dose for canine parvovirus.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a disease caused by a particular type of adenovirus that affects the kidneys, liver, spleen, lungs, and other organs. This disease is deadly for young dogs. It spreads through contact with urine and discharges from the nose and eyes of infected animals. An infected dog may show signs like fever, loss of appetite, runny nose, watery eyes, cloudiness of eyes, depression, and coughing. There is no treatment for this disease except to support your dog as its immune system tries to battle the disease. Your pet may have to be hospitalized to make sure that they stay hydrated with intravenous fluids. In addition, the disease can give rise to secondary bacterial infections, which are also a cause for concern. Infectious canine hepatitis cannot be properly treated. However, it can be prevented with dog vaccinations Washington.
You may have heard of this virus since it can infect humans as well. The virus can be transmitted through biting as the virus enters one’s bloodstream. Dogs can get this virus from infected wild animals or from other infected dogs. Rabies can take on two forms, furious rabies, and dumb rabies. Symptoms of furious rabies include aggression and a voracious appetite. They will try to eat anything, even non-food objects, until they succumb to paralysis and die of a violent seizure. Dumb rabies is the most common form, with the infected showing signs like foaming at the mouth, distortion of the face, and difficulty swallowing. They will also become paralyzed and fall into a coma and die. Our dog vaccinations Washington administers a rabies vaccine for dogs. Dogs are to be vaccinated when they reach 14 weeks of age and need to be renewed annually.

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If you have a puppy or a new dog, you must keep track of the vaccines that should be administered to them. Our dog vaccinations Washington can help protect you and your pet from catching such diseases and viruses. Other than administering rabies vaccines for dogs, we also offer dog allergist Washington. Contact us today!