Vaccines are health products that trigger protective immune responses in pets and prepare them to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines can lessen the severity of future diseases and certain vaccines can prevent infection altogether. Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended, because these serious disease agents continue to be present in the environment. In the city of Toronto, it is required by law that all dogs and cats be regularly vaccinated against rabies.
What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?
Coxwell Animal Clinic offers combination vaccines such as DHPP-L, which helps protect against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza along with leptospirosis. Leptospirosis and DHPP are also offered as single vaccines. Rabies, which is required by law in Toronto and Bordetella, which helps protect against a kennel cough. A Lyme vaccine is also offered; however, the use of this vaccine is for animals in high-risk areas.
Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?
For an adult dog, it is recommended to vaccinate for Leptospirosis, Lyme and Bordetella yearly and DHPP and rabies every three years.
Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?
Vaccines help prevent debilitating and deadly diseases in dogs, which can be contracted by many wild animals that live in our cities, such as raccoons, foxes, skunks and bats.
How much do dog vaccinations cost?
Discussing the vaccines with your veterinarian will help determine what vaccines your dog needs, if they need to be boostered and the frequency of administration. Our staff would be happy to provide you with this cost over the phone or in the clinic.