Vaccination for Dogs and Puppies

Vaccination protects against numerous diseases that can have serious or even fatal consequences for your pet. Puppies receive antibodies from their mother against these diseases when they are born. Around six to sixteen weeks old, the puppies’ protection begins to diminish. It’s during these early weeks that your puppy should receive its first shots, so it is protected as much as possible.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for puppies and dogs?

All dogs are different. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle and habits, we might recommend different vaccines. Dogs who spend a lot of time with other animals or in the wilderness won’t necessarily need the same vaccines as more housebound companions. Talk to your veterinarian to establish a vaccination schedule that best meets your pet’s needs.
Here’s a list of canine diseases we offer vaccines for.

Canine distemper
Canine distemper is a very dangerous and highly contagious disease. It affects a dog’s organs and nervous system and can cause significant lasting effects post recovery.

Kennel cough (canine infectious tracheobronchitis)
As the name indicates, dogs who spend time in a kennel or are in contact with other dogs can contract kennel cough. Left untreated, it can lead to pneumonia and other cardio-respiratory conditions.

Canine parvovirus
Parvo can be fatal if not treated in time. It is an extremely contagious virus spreads through feces, blood or vomit. It can survive in the environment for over six months.

Rabies is a fatal disease transmitted when an infected animal bites another animal. In Québec, many wild animals are carriers, including foxes, skunks, bats and raccoons.

Infectious canine hepatitis
Infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) is caused by Type 1 adenovirus. It can be transmitted from one dog to another dog through saliva, urine or feces. Infection causes liver failure, eye lesions and respiratory problems.

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that attacks the kidneys and liver. Dogs can contract it by drinking from puddles contaminated with the urine of wild animals (skunks, raccoons, mice, etc.).

Lyme disease
Lyme is transmitted by tick bites. The disease affects both animals and humans. Lyme can lead to chronic arthritis, and can sometimes even be fatal.

How often do dogs need to be vaccinated?

Dogs should get their first round of shots around six to eight weeks old. For the best protection, your dog should then receive two booster shots, one month apart. After that, your pet will need to come back every one or two years for a booster, depending on the vaccine. Talk to your veterinarian to create a vaccine schedule for your pet.

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