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Your dog deserves a healthy and happy life, and ensuring that your pup receives the proper vaccinations is essential to their overall wellbeing and longevity. If you are unsure which vaccines your Burbank pets need, here is some valuable information from a Burbank veterinarian to help you determine which ones are necessary core vaccines and which are optional non-core vaccines.
Core vaccinations are the most important ones recommended by experts for canine Burbank pets. It is highly advised that responsible pet owners allow their veterinarian to administer these vaccines at the appropriate times and age levels. Many of these will require follow-up or annual boosters.
Rabies: There is no treatment for canine rabies, and it is 100 percent fatal. Numerous wildlife are carriers of rabies, and because dogs love chasing things in the great outdoors, this is an essential preventive canine vaccine.
Distemper: Distemper airborne virus that causes serious illness that can result in brain damage and other issues in dogs. Be sure to allow your Burbank veterinarian give this one to your furry friend.
Parvovirus: There is nothing sadder than seeing a pet suffer from this highly contagious and often fatal disease. Parvovirus results in severe bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy and treatment are expensive. To further complicate matters, cleaning up body fluids is challenging due to the virus’ resistance to sanitizers. This could put all your pets at risk of contracting Parvo.
Adenovirus Type 1: This vaccine prevents canine hepatitis, which is spread through infected feces and urine and can result in liver damage and even death.
Adenovirus Type 2: Your Burbank veterinarian will recommend this immunization to prevent a kennel cough, which quickly spreads amid multiple-dog environments.
While not essential for all dogs, those who frequent the outdoors unattended, live in multi-pet homes or are frequently boarded are considered high-risk. Your vet may recommend the following non-core immunizations as needed.
Parainfluenza: Often associated with Bordetella, parainfluenza causes coughs, lethargy, and fever. However, it is not the same as canine flu, which has a non-core vaccination of its own.
Lyme Disease: Veterinarians in Burbank and across the globe only recommend this vaccine for dogs exposed to Lyme diseases carrying parasitic ticks. If you live in a rural area or notice ticks on Fido, invest in this one.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica: This form of kennel cough is not relative serious in older dogs, but can be hair-raising for young pups, making an early vaccination for Bordetella advisable.
Leptospirosis: Mostly advised in known risk areas, such as exposure to rat-infested waters, this is rarely recommended.
Rattlesnake: This vaccine is very important if you take your dog hiking out in the hills with you. It is much, much more expensive if you have to treat your dog after he/she was bitten. Even after your dog has been vaccinated still make sure to take your dog to a veterinarian for evaluation as soon as possible. Your veterinarian can then determine if your dog will require any additional treatment.
Flu Vaccine: There is a new flu vaccine coming out. It is supposed to work great for dogs and the flu is very contagious. Ask our Burbank veterinarian if it is out when next you visit.
At the Rainbow Veterinary Hospital, we are committed canine health through appropriate vaccinations and wellness exams. Our office is located at 2321 W. Empire Avenue in beautiful Burbank, CA. Give us a call at 818-846-1166 to schedule your dog vaccination appointment today.