Dog Vaccinations

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We can vaccinate your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By doing this, we can start your pets on creating an immunity in their body to the various diseases that he or she will come in contact with, both in the environment or from another pet. The pet’s immune system creates protection against the disease in the form of antibodies, and will stockpile these antibodies for future use against an attack by the disease. Without these antibodies, the pet has little protection against the disease and will get sick.

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For your pet’s health, please vaccinate today!

Vaccinations for both dogs and cats should be given at six to eight weeks of age and waiting to get these shots increases the potential for your pet to become sick. These early shots will provide protection from disease while your pet’s maternal immunity from the mother runs out. This is why pets without shots get sick as their mother’s protection disappears and they then have no vaccine protection.

  • Your dog should be started on its distemper-parvo-corona vaccinations at six to eight weeks of age.
  • Booster shots of distemper-parvo-corona should be given to your dog every 21 days until it is 4 months old.
  • flluvacThe dog flu, or canine influenza as it is known, appeared in San Antonio in 2011.  Closely confined dogs in boarding facilities begin to get sick.  The flu vaccine is very specific for protecting against this virus, and has proven to be very helpful.  We recommend this vaccination yearly.
  • The rabies vaccine can be given as early as three months of age and is good for one year. Subsequent rabies shots are good for 3 years each.
  • Heartworm medicine can be started as early as six weeks of age and is given monthly for the life of the pet. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
  • Your kitten should be started on its upper-respiratory and intestinal virus vaccinations at six to eight weeks of age.
  • Booster shots of the upper respiratory and intestinal vaccine should be given to your kitten every 21 days until it is four months old.
  • The rabies vaccine can be given as early as three months of age and is good for one year and subsequent shots are good for 3 years each.
  • Heartworm medicine can be started as early as eight weeks of age and is given monthly for life. Heartworms are transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.
  • Any cats that go outside should additionally receive the Leukemia, Feline AIDs and FIP vaccines as well as the indoor-only cat shots of distemper and rabies.

Puppy Vaccination and Wellness Care

Vaccinations are given in a series of 2-4 shots given 21 days apart for puppies with the last shot at or around 16 weeks of age. A puppy that is as little as 3 days late on it’s shots can get sick with Parvo, so it’s better to come in a little early than a little late. Vaccines are then given yearly after that as adults. It is extremely important and we recommend that the vaccinations be started no later than 8 weeks of age as the mother’s immunity inside the puppy is wearing off and the puppy needs his own vaccinations at this time in order to make it’s own immunity to protect itself from diseases while the mother’s immunity drops down.

We recommend you bring your puppy in the day you get it for it’s first vaccinations as typically if its old enough to be off the mother, its usually old enough for shots.

It takes time for the puppy’s body to create immunity from the vaccine, so after the vaccination, there is a 5 day window from when the vaccine is given to when the puppy has a protective level of immunity against the diseases.

Puppies that are given their shots late, after 8 weeks of age, are at risk for getting sick with Parvo virus, Corona virus and Distemper virus.

These diseases are commonly found in the environment and when you take your pet for a walk they can be exposed to disease on the ground and the viruses can even be brought home on your shoes. Rainfall often pulls the virus out of the ground where it has been lying dormant and brings it into contact with your dog or puppy and as a result un-vaccinated puppies very often get sick 1-3 days after it rains.

Additional Care Tips for Your Puppy

Both puppies and kittens should be kept in a warm environment and be well fed. Two of the biggest problems with young, small pets is that they are susceptible to getting chilled and they are susceptible to low blood sugar.

Puppies have a normal body temperature of 101 to 103 degrees F while ours is 98.6 degrees F so while a room may be comfortable to us, a small puppy will feel chilled as its temperature is higher than ours. The puppy can be even more chilled if kept on the floor as cold air sinks so its very important to keep this in mind and if necessary to even use a small room like the bathroom with a space heater in it for those very small puppies that have trouble staying warm.

Puppies can get low blood sugar from eating dry food only or from a limited food intake. Small puppies are most susceptible to this and should have dry food out all the time as a snack and also be fed canned food or table food as the main meal, all they can eat, twice a day. Canned food or wet food has a much higher fat content and thus has a higher calorie count and it is also easier to eat and digest so the puppy will get a lot more energy out of wet food than it will out of dry food only. Remeber to keep food out all the time for your puppy, as puppies can only be underfed, never overfed (though this is definitely not true for adult dogs).

Small PuppiesThe smaller and younger the puppy or kitten, the more susceptible they are to these two conditions. A one pound Chihuahua puppy is much more delicate than a five pound Labrador puppy and would require a greater amount of special care in these areas.

Feeding your small puppy bland table food like chicken with oil, hamburger, scrambled eggs, pasta and/or potatoes can provide a weak and thin puppy with a needed energy boost.

Vaccinations for Dogs:

We offer a variety of vaccines for your dog, which protect your dog against the following:

The Distemper Shot Protects Your Dog Against…

  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Infectious Tracheobronchitis

Additional Vaccinations Are Needed for…

  • Rabies
  • Rattlesnake bites
  • Lyme Disease
  • Gardia

Important Dates for Dog Shots/Vaccinations:

  • Your dog should be given its vaccinations at six to eight weeks of age – but even if over eight weeks of age, come in as soon as you can to get your dog’s vaccines done. It takes five days for the dog’s body to respond to the vaccine – so don’t delay – come in today.
  • Booster shots should be given to your dog every twenty-one days until it is four months old for total of three to four vaccine sets.
  • The rabies vaccine can be given at three months of age and is good for one year with subsequent yearly shots which are each good for three years of immunity.
  • Heartworm medicine can be started as early as six weeks of age and is given monthly for the life of the pet or a six month injection is available that can be given twice a year. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.

For more information on vaccines/shots for your dog, please feel free to contact us, or stop by our office.