Inject to protect

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Whether your dog is a rugged rover or a pampered pooch, core vaccines are a must. These vaccines are essential for all dogs because of the severity or contagious nature of the diseases they protect against, or the risk of transmitting the illnesses to people. Rabies fits these criteria and the vaccine against it is the only one required for dogs by law. The other four core vaccines protect against canine distemper, parvovirus, infectious hepatitis and parainfluenza.

The rabies vaccine is given singly, but the other four core vaccines are usually combined into one, called D-H-P-P, which is given in a series. After the first set of shots, rabies and D-H-P-P vaccinations are usually given every three years. Your veterinarian may also recommend certain noncore vaccines, depending on your dog’s susceptibility to diseases like Lyme disease, bordatella, leptospirosis (lep-toe-spy-RO-sis), coronavirus or others.