A big part of being a pet owner is making sure your dog is getting regular veterinary care to keep them healthy so they can live a long and happy life with you and your family. Though some vaccines, like Rabies, are required by law, vaccinations are vital to keeping your dog safe for common diseases. Albuquerque Vetco offers the lowest cost vaccinations in New Mexico and since we offer a daily walk-in shot clinic we are also the easiest and fastest place to get your shots.
What Dog Diseases?
Most of us simply don’t know about the most common dog diseases. Here is a list of common dog illnesses from which vaccines will keep your dog safe.
- Bordatella – aka. Kennel Cough. This is a highly contagious illness that can be uncomfortable all the way to very serious. This vaccine is required if your dog is going to be in public and is highly recommended if your dog is going to be in contact with any other dog.
- Distemper– A highly contagious and untreatable disease that can cause severe gastrointestinal issues.
- Parvovirus– A highly contagious virus that can cause life long issues. This is also known as the puppy killer.
- Parainfluenza– This affects their breathing and can lead to pneumonia.
What is the Recommended Vaccination Schedule?
Puppies have a different schedule than grown adult dogs. Starting at 6 weeks old they will need their puppy boosters (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza) and get a booster every 3 weeks until they are 20 weeks old. After that, they will get annual vaccinations, though at Vetco we offer a 3 years Rabies shot. Some vaccines, like bordetella, is only needed if your dog is being boarded. We also offer the canine coronavirus vaccine. This is not the same as the coronavirus that is affecting people and the vaccine is not the same. But is is a virus that can be very unpleasant for your dog.
Pet licenses are not longer required by the City of Albuquerque.