Ask The Vet

Four vaccinations that are important for your pets.

While it is now common practice to customize vaccination schedules for each pet’s unique situation, there are four core vaccinations that provide protection against the most common health concerns.

Distemper is a viral illness with no known cure that attacks the gastrointestinal, respiratory and nervous systems. Puppies and dogs with weak immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

Parvovirus, commonly seen in the intestinal form, is a virus that affects a dog’s ability to absorb nutrients and leaves infected animals weak and dehydrated.

Hepatitis is an infectious viral disease that attacks the liver, kidneys, lungs, spleen and eyes. It mostly affects dogs that are less than one year old.

Rabies is a fast-moving virus, rabies that attacks the brain and central nervous system. Without immediate treatment, rabies is rarely survived.

Vaccinating your dog doesn’t just protect him or her from these viruses. It also helps ensure that outbreaks are avoided and thereby improves the health status of the entire community.

In case you missed it, August 15th was the National Check the Chip Day for our microchipped pets. This event was established by veterinarians to remind pet owners that microchip data needs to be annually updated in case there have been changes to your location or contact information.

If you move or go on an extended trip with your pet, it’s a good idea to update your contact information with the microchip registry. If you're not sure that your pet’s microchip is still working correctly, set up an appointment and we’ll check it out.