Dog Vaccinations

Vaccines help prevent dogs from becoming sick and therefore saves you money. Antibodies are natural defense mechanisms that dogs use to fight infection. Vaccines help dogs to make more of these antibodies. We at North Hill Animal Hospital vaccinate dogs based on the risk each dog has for picking up a certain disease. All dogs should be vaccinated against Rabies. This protects them and your whole family against this deadly disease. Dogs also need to be vaccinated against the “Core” group of disease which they can get from interacting with other dogs. In addition, some dogs need protection against Leptospirosis and others need protection from Kennel Cough.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?

Adult dogs are given Core vaccines (which include protection against distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and an adenovirus combo vaccine), Rabies, leptospirosis, and bordetella.

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?

The Leptospirosis vaccination needs to be given initially, then needs a booster 3-4 weeks after the first injection, and thereafter is needed annually. Bordatella is an annual vaccine and does not require a booster. Pets will need to be vaccinated against Rabies annually for 2 years in a row and then will be vaccinated every 3 years. Core vaccines will need 3 initial puppy boosters at 8,12 and 16 weeks of age. After having a booster vaccine annually for 3 years in a row, we move to core vaccines given once every 3 years. Leptospirosis vaccination is given twice in the first year and Rabies vaccination is given once. Adult dogs receive yearly examinations and vaccines depending on their risk of exposure to disease.

How much do dog vaccinations cost?

Every vaccine appointment starts with a physical examination to help ensure your dog is in healthy condition to receive the vaccines, which is $69.95. The final bill is determined by which vaccinations are needed for your pet. Core vaccinations are $12.14, Rabies vaccination is $8.06, Leptospirosis vaccination is $17.90 and Bordetella (Kennel cough) is $20.90


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Rabies Vaccines Save Lives

Rabies vaccines save lives. This statement seems obvious since vaccinations help develop antibodies to prevent infection from certain diseases, in this case, the virus that causes rabies. Researchers looking at vaccination of dogs in Africa found, however, that the risk of death from any disease was less in those dogs who had been vaccinated using the rabies vaccine. This means that somehow those dogs who were injected with the rabies vaccine were better able to fight off other diseases. So their immune system had been enhanced.

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