The Core Vaccines that Dogs Need

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Vaccines for Dogs
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A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Horace Nalle has built a successful career as a biotechnology executive. Since 2012, Horace Nalle has served as principal of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Oriole Animal Health, LLC, which specializes in providing investment and consulting services for animal vaccine companies.

As with humans, animals require vaccinations to remain healthy and ward off possibly life-threatening diseases. This medicine helps prepare an animal’s immune system for the fight against harmful organisms. Dogs, in particular, are at risk to contract a number of diseases, and require specialized vaccines to live healthier lives. The following list will cover a few of the core vaccines that veterinarians typically recommend for dogs.

Canine Parvovirus vaccine
Dogs typically contract parvo from other infected dogs, and the disease is potentially deadly if they do not receive the proper vaccinations. Generally, veterinarians suggest that all puppies obtain this medication in three rounds when they are between 6 and 16 weeks of age. Unless adult pets have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, they should receive a parvovirus revaccination shot every three years.

Canine Distemper vaccine
If they do not receive the canine distemper vaccine, then dogs run a higher risk of developing this highly-contagious respiratory disease. Most dogs receive this vaccination every few weeks when they are between the ages of 4 and 20 weeks. Veterinarians may administer this treatment along with the measles vaccine, which also provides antibodies that help dogs build a higher immunity to the distemper virus.

Canine Hepatitis vaccine
This condition develops when dogs contract canine adenovirus, which currently has no effective treatment once contracted. As such, it is crucial that dogs first receive hepatitis vaccinations between 6 and 9 months of age. Veterinarians administer both Type 1 and Type 2 medication to provide dogs with the best chances of defending against the disease. Dogs then need repeat vaccination every year for the duration of their lives.