Canine Core Vaccines - (appropriate for all dogs)
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para influenza combo - Given every 4 weeks until 16
weeks of age, boostered at 1 year, then given at 3 year intervals. Although labelled for 1 year,
studies have shown that the duration of immunity lasts longer than this period. AAHA
endorses this 3 yr protocol and our vaccine manufacturer stands behind their vaccine
Rabies - Required by law, our vaccine is labelled to be used every 3 years. We have used this
vaccine since November of 2003. Collier County now recognizes the 3 year protocol. Rabies
vaccinations must be administered by a veterinarian.
Other canine vaccines -(if appropriate for pet's lifestyle)
Canine influenza (H3N8) - This influenza virus was first isolated in Florida and can now be
found in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Because this is a new virus, dogs no have
immunity, therefor this is an extremely contagious virus. A vaccine has been approved by the
FDA for control of Canine Influenza. The virus is spread dog to dog by direct contact, sneezing or
through fomites and is appropriate for dogs that spend time in boarding facilities, daycare,
groomers, dog parks and dog beaches. 2 Vaccines 2-4 weeks apart and yearly boosters are
required. For more information click on CANINE FLU.
Bordetella - This is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can cause canine cough in
dogs. We recommend it for any dog that visits dog parks, dog beaches, groomers or boarding
facilities. The vaccine is given by injection or intra nasally. We recommend six month vaccine
intervals to insure your dog is adequately protected.
Leptospirosis- is usually transmitted through water or soil contaminated by infected wild
animals, this vaccine is recommended for animals who spend a great deal of time outdoors, or
have the opportunity to come into contact with water sources frequented by wildlife. This is a 2
booster series followed by yearly re vaccination. To learn more from the CDC click on
Leptospirosis and your pet.
Lyme disease vaccine (Borrelia burgdorferi) is transmitted through tick bites. This vaccine is
a must for dogs travelling to the northeast or Midwest where this disease is prevalent. We
recommend it for dogs with a history of tick exposure. Initially 2 boosters are given 3 weeks
apart and then yearly.To find out where this disease is most concentrated click Lyme disease.
Corona virus -A virus that causes diarrhea especially in puppies. Given in boosters to puppies
under 12 weeks in combination with DHPP .