Marshfield Veterinary Service will suggest a vaccination protocol that will fit the lifestyle and age of your dog. Each vaccine is beneficial in preventing infectious diseases. Some vaccine options are:
Rabies is a disease that attacks the nervous system. Some symptoms of Rabies could be drooling, aggression, seizures, lethargy and lack of coordination. The Rabies vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age followed by a booster every 1-3 years and is required by most municipalities.
This vaccine contains a combination of viruses or bacteria that immunize against several diseases. The DHLPP vaccine can be given at 8 weeks of age and requires a series of 2-3 injections given 3-4 weeks apart followed by boosters every 1-3 years. The Lepto portion of the vaccine is boostered annually.
- D (Distemper) A virus can cause discharge from eyes and nose, fever, appetite loss, diarrhea and respiratory problems.
- H (Hepatitis) A virus that can lead to liver failure.
- L (Leptospirosis) A bacteria that is passed in the urine by wildlife and can be found in contaminated water. Symptoms can include loss of appetite, fever, diarrhea, lethargy and weakness.
- P (Parainfluenza) An infectious respiratory disease that causes coughing, fever and lethargy.
- P (Parvovirus) An intestinal virus that causes bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
Lyme is a tick borne disease that can cause symptoms such as lethargy, fever, joint pain and lameness. It can lead to more severe symptoms such as kidney failure, heart and nervous system diseases. The Lyme vaccine can be given at 9 weeks of age or older and consists of two injections given 3 weeks apart followed by annual boosters.
A bronchitis that causes a harsh or gagging cough. This vaccine is highly recommended if you plan on taking your dog to kennels, obedience classes, or dog parks. The Bordetella vaccine can be given at 8 weeks of age or older and and is given orally followed by annual boosters.