One of the easiest and most helpful precautions you can take for your dog's health is to ensure he or she is up to date with the latest dog vaccinations. At College Way, we offer four dog vaccines that, in conjunction with routine heartworm testing and prevention, are sure to allow your dog to enjoy a long, healthy, and vibrant life.
Read more about each of our dog vaccinations below.
The DHPP dog vaccine provides protection against canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvo. Dogs should receive this canine immunization when they are puppies between six and eight weeks old. At College Way, we suggest continuing this dog vaccination every three to four weeks until our furry friend is 16 weeks old since this will confidently ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. We administer this dog vaccine one year after the last puppy shot is given and once a year afterward.
Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals including dogs and humans. Therefore, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. It is important that dogs receive a rabies shot during the initial dog vaccinations they get as puppies. An adult booster shot is given a year later and administered every three years afterward.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a very common and contagious illness that affects the canine respiratory system.
Leptospirosis, or lepto, is a zoonotic and potentially deadly disease that causes kidney and liver damage in pets and humans. The virus is transferred to pets and their environment from wild animals like deer, skunks, raccoons, rodents, and others. Due to the serious nature of this disease, dog vaccinations for lepto are administered yearly.
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that affects thousands of pets every year. Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that reside in the arteries, lungs, and hearts of dogs, cats, and other animals. Once an animal is infected, it is essential to seek treatment, or else its life will be cut short. For dogs, treatment is possible, but it is prudent to focus on preventing the virus from the start. At College Way, we recommend having your dog tested for heartworms every year and maintain a monthly heartworm prevention regimen if you are traveling outside of western Washington.
College Way Animal Hospital
3801 E College Way Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Mon-Thurs: 7:00am - 5:00pm