Dog vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to stimulate their immune system to produce antibodies (the “good guys”) to fight the viral antigens (the “bad guys”) like distemper and parvovirus. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE to begin vaccinating your pet. Your pet’s age will determine their vaccination schedule. Please call us with questions to determine your pet’s vaccination protocol.
Core Dog Vaccinations
Core dog vaccinations are the necessary vaccinations all dogs should have to optimally protect their health. These vaccinations cover some of the most typical canine threats. Be sure your dog’s vaccination is scheduled and followed according to the vet’s recommendations. Some of these vaccinations require multiple injections for full immunization.
Rabies Dog Vaccinations
RABIES VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW in the state of Iowa, and they are considered a core vaccination. State law requires all dogs and cats, 16 weeks or older, to be vaccinated against rabies. The first vaccine’s protective qualities last for about one year. A booster is required thereafter and will be good for three years if administered before the due date; otherwise, it will remain a 1-year vaccine.
Noncore vaccinations are simply vaccines that are recommended in a case-by-case scenario depending on the dog, the dog’s typical living environment, and potential risks for certain illnesses. Bordetella, Lyme disease, Canine Influenza, and Rattlesnake vaccinations are a few of the non-core vaccines that may be recommended for your canine. Please discuss your dog’s exposure risk with one of our staff members so we can schedule the appropriate vaccines for your pet.
Talk to Us About Dog Vaccinations
In the end, vaccinations are a critical part of protecting your dog’s health for the long term. If you have questions about vaccinating your dog or if your dog should have certain non-core vaccines, please reach out to us at Keokuk Veterinary Hospital so we can help.
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