What’s wrong with getting my dog vaccines from a “low-cost clinic”?
Answer: They often don’t have you or your dog’s best interests at heart (see below).
Core vaccinations for dogs include canine distemper (paramyxovirus), canine hepatitis plus respiratory disease (adenovirus 2), canine parvovirus, and rabies. These vaccinations are recommended for all dogs. Schedules for various vaccinations vary according to the vaccine and the age of your dog. But after initial treatments through the puppy stage, re-vaccinations are generally scheduled every 1 to 3 years.
Your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccinations depending on your dog’s age, breed, history, lifestyle, and environment. These include canine influenza, kennel cough (bordetella and parainfluenza), leptospirosis, and lyme disease. As with core vaccinations, revaccination schedules vary for these additional vaccinations.
Be aware that rabies vaccinations for dogs are required in the state of Florida. Dogs should be vaccinated every 1 to 3 years. The veterinarian will provide the dog owner, and the local animal control authority, a certificate of rabies vaccination.
Imagine an army trying to withstand an enemy invasion with only one kind of weapon. It would have only limited success if it fought with just tanks, for example. If an army assumes tank-only warfare, how would it succeed in hand-to-hand combat, or against air and sea attacks? Certainly, not well. Instead, an army trains in a variety of weaponry so it has a greater chance of defeating any specific enemy agent.
Like humans, animals have immune systems that naturally fight against foreign bodies. But none are born with the ability to fight off specific invaders. We can increase the chances that the immune system will defeat disease-causing organisms if we train it how to identify and target specific kinds. This requires a variety of vaccines, each of which prepares the body to fight a particular agent of disease.
Northeast Animal Hospital can help “train” your dog’s immune system to fight many infectious and life-threatening diseases. Some are more common than others, so it’s important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the right vaccination program for your pet. Please call or visit to learn more.
In view of the above considerations, Northeast Animal Hospital does not recommend “low cost” or mobile clinics for the vaccination of your pet. As another option, you may choose a Northeast Animal Hospital Wellness Plan, where your dog can receive all of his or her vaccinations, along with other preventative health services, on a yearly basis for 12 affordable payments.