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Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinating your dog is a vital part of their overall health and a simple way to help prolong their life. Vaccination can prevent common illnesses that your pet can contract from other dogs and wildlife, often just through contact with their feces. The most notable example of the need for vaccination is the rabies virus. Rabies is a potentially fatal disease that affects all mammals, therefore vaccinating your dog also helps to protect you and your family.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

DAP (Distemper, Adenovirus, and Parvovirus) is a core vaccine, which means it is recommended for all dogs. Distemper is spread most often by coyotes and can be fatal, or cause permanent physical damage. Adenovirus causes infectious canine hepatitis, but it is not as common in our area due to vaccination.

Rabies is also a core vaccine and recommended for all dogs.

Bordetella (kennel cough) is an optional vaccine that may be administered if required for your dog’s lifestyle. Kennels and daycares typically require proof of kennel cough vaccination to accept your dog. Frequent trips to the dog park may also be a reason to consider protection for kennel cough.

Is there a schedule for how often a dog should be vaccinated?

Vaccination as a puppy is crucial to establish protective immunity prior to the risk of exposure to infectious diseases. Your puppy’s recommended vaccination series may vary, depending on the timing of vaccines previously administered by a breeder or rescue. Our veterinary staff would be happy to make recommendations specific to your puppy’s history. Call us as soon as you know you are getting a puppy, and we’ll be sure we are making the best recommendations for them. After an initial puppy series, vaccines are boosted one year later. After that point, DAP and rabies vaccines would be boosted every 3 years. Bordetella vaccines are boosted annually depending on lifestyle requirements.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?

All of the vaccines we recommend help with protecting your pet from spreading and contracting specific known pathogens that can be detrimental to your pet’s health. If you are unsure of what vaccines are important for your pet, you can discuss this with your veterinarian.

How much does it cost to vaccinate my dog?

Vaccination is relatively inexpensive, but it is always administered at the time of physical examinations to ensure your pet is in good health, prior to challenging their immune system with these important vaccinations.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.

For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUILDING.

When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment, or to deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to Fish Creek 24Hr Pet Hospital and call (403) 873-1700 to alert them of your arrival.

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,

The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital