This video is a general overview of what vaccines your dog needs and why. Dog vaccines are very important for the preventive healthcare of your dog. Vaccines in dogs save hundreds of thousands of dogs every year from diseases.
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Vaccines in Dogs
Vaccinating dogs is very important, too important to let the slight risk of side effects, even serious side effects, deter you. In over 20 years of practice, I have never had a dog die from a vaccine reaction. Two dogs have developed a disease syndrome where their immune system attacks their own red blood cells but with treatment have recovered and been just fine. The low risk of possible side effects is much better than taking the much higher risk of contracting diseases by not Distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, leptospirosis, corona virus, parainfluenza, rabies, and other diseases including Lyme disease are all vaccinated against. Of these, the most commonly seen, unfortunately, is the parvovirus, a deadly, deadly disease. Parvovirus is out in the environment, spreads by infected dogs through their diarrhea that stays in the grass, soil, concrete, even on your shoes, for several years. Parvo is still seen in huge numbers across the nation and yet it is preventable with the parvo vaccine.
Distemper is less common thanks to the vaccine. Rabies, present in our skunk, raccoon, and bat populations, is important to vaccinate against, not only for your dog but also from a public safety standpoint. Leptospirosis, a disease that attacks the kidneys and other organs, can affect dogs and people. Although the older vaccine caused some reactions in puppies, the newer Lepto vaccine is much better and has fewer side effects.
The question has been asked as to how often vaccines should be given. Your vet will have recommendations as to how often to vaccinate your dog.
Vaccinations are important and there should not be a question as to if they should be given.
- Sam Meisler DVM
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