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Understanding Essential Vaccinations for Our Beloved Pets in Canada


Hello Noble Paw's pet parents,


One of the questions we often hear at Noble Paw Veterinary Hospital is, “What shots does my pet need and when should they get them?”


In this blog post, we're going to talk about the important dog vaccines that are usually given in the Vancouver area:


1. DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza)


DA2PP is a basic vaccine for dogs. These diseases spread easily, especially Parvovirus, which can be fatal and stay in the environment for over five years. The usual times for DA2PP shots are:


  • 2 months old

  • 3 months old

  • 4 months old

  • 16 months old

  • After that, every three years


2. Rabies


Rabies isn't common in British Columbia, and the main carriers are bats. But because Rabies is a very serious disease, we vaccinate all dogs against it. The usual schedule for Rabies shots is:


  • 4 months old

  • 16 months old

  • After that, every three years


3. Kennel Cough (Bordetella)


Kennel Cough is a common disease in the Greater Vancouver area. We recommend the vaccine for dogs that often go outdoors. The vaccine can be given by mouth, nose drop, or shot. Research shows that the nose drop works best, and protection usually starts within two to three days.


  • Recommended every year


4. Leptospirosis


Leptospirosis is a disease that can spread between animals and people. There have been more cases in the Greater Vancouver area recently. The disease usually comes from soil or water where wild animals have urinated. We recommend the vaccine if raccoons, rats, or skunks often come around your home, or if there is any standing water nearby.


  • The first time the vaccine is given, it requires two shots 2-4 weeks apart

  • After that, once a year


5. Lyme Disease


In BC, Lyme disease is usually spread by two types of ticks. Research shows that about 1% of these ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Because Lyme disease is a serious illness and can spread to people, we recommend the vaccine for dogs that often go outside, hike, or camp. Consider using tick prevention medications like Simparica, Revolution, or Bravecto.


  • The first time the vaccine is given, it requires two shots 2-4 weeks apart

  • After that, once a year


 


Remember, the shots and schedule can differ depending on your pet's lifestyle, age, and health. Talk to us at Noble Paw Veterinary Hospital to make a shot plan that works best for your pet.


Stay tuned to our blog for more pet health tips and insights!

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