Just like any other member of your family, you want your pooch to enjoy good health. Dog vaccinations can help accomplish this goal. By working closely with our veterinarians at Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose, you can determine what vaccinations your pet needs to enjoy optimal health. We’ll help you select vaccines suited to your pet’s age, health, and lifestyle and personalize a vaccination schedule conducive to your pet’s healthcare needs.
Why Vaccinate Your Pet?
Dog vaccines protect your canine from infectious diseases that can cause extreme sickness or death. Once your pet is vaccinated against a certain disease, its immune system can fight against it when exposed to that particular bacteria or virus. Some vaccines keep your dog from getting a disease, while others minimize the disease’s symptoms to protect your pet from harm. Core vaccines against incurable diseases like rabies and distemper can save your pet’s life. By adding dog vaccinations to your pup’s preventive care program, your San Jose, CA veterinarian can help your pet live a longer, happier, healthier life.
Vaccines also serve to prevent the spread of communicable diseases to other animals and people. Vaccinating your dog can keep it from spreading a disease to you or other members of your family. It also protects other animals your dog comes into contact with in your neighborhood or nearby parks. Curbing the spread of disease is another healthcare benefit of vaccinating your canine companion.
What Vaccinations Does Your Dog Need?
Dog vaccines can be divided into core and non-core categories. Core vaccines are essential for all pets as they provide protection against diseases that pose the greatest threat to your pup. Non-core vaccines are optional and generally given according to a pet’s lifestyle and risk.
For dogs, core vaccinations include rabies and the distemper combination, which protects your pup from distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus. The rabies vaccine is mandatory in most states and may be given once every 2-3 years for adult dogs.
In addition to these vaccines, your vet may recommend your pet get some non-core vaccines to protect him from sicknesses like Bordetella (kennel cough) or Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks found in the woods or local parks. If your pet attends a boarding facility or doggie daycare or accompanies you on hikes, he can benefit from the protection that these vaccines provide. Your San Jose vet can help you make wise vaccination decisions to safeguard your dog’s health.
See Our Veterinarians in San Jose for Dog Vaccinations
To schedule an appointment for vaccinating your pup, contact Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in San Jose at 408-227-1661. We offer safe and effective vaccinations tailored to your dog's specific healthcare needs.