Just like humans, dogs can carry harmful diseases that spread when they interact with one another. It’s very important to keep up to date on your dog’s vaccinations, especially if they enjoy social outings like trips to the park, where they may encounter other dogs. At Animal Care Center, we care about the health and well being of your furry companion. Maintaining your dog’s vaccinations is critical to helping them live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Why Do Dog Vaccinations Matter?
Vaccines teach your dog’s immune system to create antibodies that will ward off canine diseases and infections. Vaccines can provide dogs with immunity against many diseases—they can prevent some diseases entirely, and lessen the severity of others. The widespread administration of vaccines for pets has significantly lowered their disease and death rates over the past century.
Vaccines not only protect your dog against diseases that can be passed between animals, but also from diseases that can be passed between animals and people. Vaccinations can save your dog from many highly contagious and infectious diseases that would otherwise wreak havoc on health and cost you expensive health care bills down the road.
Why Do Puppies Need More Vaccinations?
Young puppies have a higher risk of contracting an infectious disease than mature dogs, because their immune systems have not fully matured. Puppies need a series of vaccinations before they can interact with other dogs.
The first dose of a vaccine primes the dog’s immune system, and the following doses continue to further stimulate the immune system for maximum long term protection. It is important to finish the series of vaccinations on your puppy, as an incomplete series can lead to gaps in immunity.
What Vaccines Does My Dog Need?
There are two different types of vaccines for pets. These are “core” vaccines and “non-core” vaccines. Core vaccines are the vaccines recommended for pets living in a certain geographical location, and include protection for the diseases most common in that geographic area. If your pet has specific needs or conditions, they may require some additional vaccinations—we will create a special treatment plan tailored for your dog’s needs.
When you visit us for your dog’s next vaccinations, be sure to tell us about any travel you plan to do with your dog, your dog’s lifestyle habits, and any potential contact your dog may have with wild animals. This will help us determine whether your dog needs any extra protection.
Need to Vaccinate Your Dog? Call Animal Care Center today!
If you’re in the Castle Pines area and need to vaccinate your dog, contact us today to set up an appointment. Vaccinations are critical when it comes to your dog’s health! Getting them vaccinated will give you peace of mind, knowing that your pup is safe from disease.