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Having a dog can be one of life's most rewarding experiences. But having one also comes with a list of responsibilities. Your pet's health needs to be protected with regular veterinary care and canine vaccinations to protect both you and your pet from communicable diseases. Most people know about the danger of rabies, but there are many other threats to fight against with regular dog vaccinations, let our veterinary staff at Winter Garden Animal Hospital teach you more!
Whether your dog is an indoor or outdoor pet, she may be susceptible to many disease threats including Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis, and Distemper. If she is an outdoor pet she also may be exposed to Lyme disease carried by ticks and to Leptospirosis, a disease caused by a spiral shaped bacteria. And the reason strictly indoor pets are also vulnerable to diseases, is the fact that many pathologies have air born causes. The breeze through an open window can bring them right to your best friend.
Some diseases are zoonotic, which means they are communicable between species, from your pet to you, and vice versa. What this also means is that protecting your dog also protects yourself from infectious diseases.
The core battery of essential vaccinations includes protection from Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHPP). This combination is given in a single injection commonly referred to just as the Distemper shot. In addition, your dog needs the protection afforded by a Rabies vaccination.
Canine Influenza is an upper respiratory viral disease that affects the intestines. It is said to have originated here in Florida.
Corona Virus is also an intestinal infection. It is common here in the southern United States.
Lyme Disease is bacterial and is spread from the bite of a tick.
You may have heard of Bordetella by its more commonly used name, kennel cough. It is a virus that causes a very contagious upper respiratory infection. Since it is so contagious, it is commonly found in high risk environments such as boarding kennels, groomers, and dog parks.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic bacterial infection common to wet climates such as here in the Winter Garden area. It is most commonly spread to animals when they drink standing or slow moving water that has been infected.
New vaccines are constantly being formulated to meet changing disease threats. Your best source for information on what is available and what your pet may need, is our Winter Garden veterinarian.
Our Winter Garden veterinarian supplies dog vaccinations on schedules determined by your dog's age. Canine vaccinations are different for young puppies, mature adult dogs, and those over 7 years old.
Dogs (Age 1-6)
Dogs (7 and older)
First visit at 8 weeks old:
Second visit at 11-12 weeks:
Third visit at 14-15 weeks:
Fourth visit at 16 weeks:
Rabies (3 Year)
Rabies (3 Year)
Run by Dr. Lauren Prather, Winter Garden Animal Hospital offers the most highly respected veterinary care in the region. Serving Windermere, Ocoee, and the surrounding areas ourWinter Garden veterinarians can provide everything your pet will need throughout his or her lifetime as your companion.
For answers to your pet care questions or to make an appointment, call Winter Garden Animal Hospital today at 407-656-4132. As a highly efficient and professional animal hospital, we have been serving Winter Garden, Ocoee, Windermere and the surrounding Orlando area for nearly 40 years. We look forward to meeting your pet's health care needs with everything from annual wellness exams to dog vaccinations and more. Come check out the most efficient animal hospital in the region.
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