We all know that we need to get our annual vaccinations for our dogs, but it is easy to forget which ones to get. Here is a great rundown so you know what you need, why you need it, and when you need it.
The canine combo is Canine Distemper, Adenovirus 1&2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
- Canine Distemper is a highly contagious disease that is spread via direct contact with an infected dog or airborne exposure. Distemper is often fatal and for the dogs that manage to survive, they will typically have lifelong damage to their nervous system.
- Adenovirus 1&2 is highly contagious and is fatal in 30% of the dogs that get it. It causes sever respiratory problems. and your dog can spread the disease for six to nine months after infection.
- Parainfluenza this is one of the viruses that causes kennel cough and is highly contagious though not life threatening, It is required to bring your dog pretty much anywhere.
- Parvovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus. It is also deadly. It spreads through direct contact with other dogs
The canine combo only needs to be given once every three years.
Rabies is a famously scary virus. It is transmittable from a dog to a human. If a dog is thought to have Rabies, they have to be euthanized as there is no treatment. This is must get vaccine. You can get an annual vaccination or a 3 year vaccination.
This is the most common virus associated with kennel cough. If your dog is socialized at all, including boarding, they will need to have this vaccine. This is an annual vaccine.
Since New Mexico has a large Rattlesnake population, we recommend getting the Rattlesnake vaccine. The vaccine greatly reduces the effects of a snake bite on your dog and could very well save their life and at the very least will make the effects of the venom much less severe. This is an annual vaccine. It is strong and more effective the closer to when it is administered. We recommend getting it in the spring or early summer, right before hiking season starts.
This is not the same thing as the Covid-19 coronavirus. Canine Coronavirus is only in dogs and is not transmittable to humans. However, it is highly contagious and very unpleasant for your dog. There is no treatment for it. The shot is every the first year after puppy shots, then every 3 years after that.