SAN LUIS OBISPO DOG SHOTS, Explained Here!!

Do you have questions about San Luis Obispo dog shots?  Mission Animal Hospital can help you.

At Mission Animal Hospital, here’s what we think about San Luis Obispo dog shots:

  • Your adult dog’s core vaccines — rabies and distemper/parvo protection– are FREE after their comprehensive examination.
  • NOT EVERY DOG SHOULD GET EVERY VACCINE.  In fact, some dogs shouldn’t get any vaccines.  Let’s talk!! 
  • Your dog’s lifestyle and risks should dictate their vaccines… not some computer print out!!

 

THE LATEST GUIDELINES FOR SAN LUIS OBISPO DOG SHOTS

PUPPY PROTECTION

  • Puppies should be protected against DISTEMPER, HEPATITIS, AND PARVO  by giving them a series of 3 vaccines
  • These vaccines should NOT be started earlier than 7 weeks of age, because your puppy’s immune system cannot respond to them.
  • In general, puppies should be given their vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age
  • Because ALL puppies really should be protected against ALL the above diseases, we use combination vaccines for your puppy.  These vaccines contain protection against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvo all in one syringe, so we abbreviate them as DHPP vaccines.  This means that instead of getting three shots each visit, your puppy just gets one shot each time.
  • Until a week after their final vaccine, puppies should not be allowed to play with other dogs unless you know the other dogs have been fully vaccinated.
  • Puppies should also be protected against RABIES after they turn 16 weeks of age.
  • Your puppy will need another DHPP and another rabies vaccine when they turn a year old.  These vaccines will be good for 3 yrs.

 

ADULT DOG PROTECTION

  • After an adult dog’s examination, their DHPP and RABIES vaccines are FREE at Mission Animal Hospital.
  • Adult dogs should be given a DHPP vaccine and a RABIES vaccine when they turn one year old.
  • San Luis Obispo County mandates all that ALL ADULT DOGS GET RABIES VACCINES EVERY THREE YEARS.
  • The DHPP protection is good for at least three years, and sometimes up to seven years.
  • The more other dogs you pet comes in contact with, the more frequently they should be given their DHPP protection.

 

NON-CORE VACCINESShould be used only as your dog’s risks dictate.

LEPTOSPIROSIS:  Two shots after 12 wks of age, separated by a month; then annually.  Use only in at-risk dogs.  If used, should use a 4-way or subunit bacterin containing the following serovars: canicola, icterohemorrhagieae, grippotyphosa, and Pomona.

KENNEL COUGH :  We use only oral vaccines… because they are better for your dog and hurt less than injections.   Single initial dose, then every six months.  May actually cause the symptoms of kennel cough (sneezing, coughing, etc) for 3-10 days.   Will usually minimize both symptoms and transmission.

CANINE INFLUENZA:  Two shots separated by a month initially, then annually.  Use is justified primarily if patient is exposed to large numbers of other dogs (show, boarding, etc).

LYME DISEASE :  Two shots after 12 wks of age, separated by a month; then annually.  Generally not recommended except for dogs at known risk, because vaccine side effects are common.

RATTLESNAKE: Two shots after 16 wks of age, separated by a month; then annually pre-exposure.This vaccine will help protect dogs against the venom of the Western Diamondback rattlesnake.  Some cross-protectivity exists against the Eastern Diamondback.  There is no evidence of cross-protection against the Mojave Rattlesnake.    Will minimize but not eliminate the need for medical treatment in the case of snakebite.

These San Luis Obispo dog shot recommendations come straight from the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SAN LUIS OBISPO DOG SHOTS?  Read on!!

THE AGE OLD QUESTION– KILLED VERSUS LIVE VACCINES ?

Killed viral vaccines are one of a group of “non-infectious” vaccines which also includes recombinant and subunit vaccines.  Live viral vaccines use an altered form of the actual disease-causing organism  that infect the host’s cells to create increased immunity.

Non-infectious vaccines include rabies, canine influenza, and corona viral vaccines.  They also include whole killed cell or cell subunit bacterins for Lyme and Leptospirosis, along with rattlesnake vaccine.

As the phrase “non-infectious” implies, these vaccines do not infect the host to produce new antigen.   Thus, they must contain adequate amounts of antigen to immunize.   Because the antigen alone may not be adequate to immunize a dog, many of the non-infectious vaccines must also contain an adjuvant, which is a substance that maintains the antigen’s presence and/or stimulates an inflammatory response to provide a more robust immune response to the vaccine antigens.

Critical to the production of a non-infectious vaccine is  the process used to inactivate the virus or bacteria, to ensure that it is dead.  Chemicals such as formalin, ethylenediamine, and other methods like irradiation are used to kill the organisms.  Some of these agents cannot be completely eliminated from the final vaccine product.    Injection site pain and the potential for hypersensitivity are thus bigger and more frequent issues for non-infectious vaccines  than for infectious vaccines.

Non-infectious vaccines are often considered to be the safest vaccine type because the immunizing agent (viral or bacterial) is dead and cannot return to virulence (ie, cause the disease the vaccine was designed to prevent).  However, it should be understood that hypersensitivity reactions are more common with non-infectious vaccines than infectious vaccines.

In general, the duration of immunity to infectious vaccines is longer and more comprehensive than that to non-infectious vaccines.

 

VACCINATING PREGNANT DOGS?   Don’t do it.  It’s that simple.

 

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San Luis Obispo dog shots explained.