Dog Vaccinations

Our canine vaccine program is divided into “core” and “non-core” vaccines. They are administered in accordance with guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association. Core vaccines are highly recommended for all dogs either by law or because of the life threatening nature of the diseases. Non-core vaccines are administered selectively, based on potential risk of exposure to your pet. To determine if your dog would benefit from having a non-core vaccine, a discussion will be had with your veterinarian.

What types of vaccinations do you offer for adult dogs?:

Core canine vaccines include a combination vaccine called DAPP (Distemper-Adenovirus-Parvovirus-Parainfluenza) and the Rabies vaccine. Our non-core vaccines include Leptospirosis and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Core vaccines are administered annually on a scheduled rotation system to avoid over-vaccination.

Is there a schedule for how often to vaccinate a dog?:

At West Hill Animal Clinic we have a schedule for vaccinating your dog. Once they are up to date with their core vaccines we vaccinate adult dogs on a three year rotation. Typically we would rotate starting with Parvo the first year, followed by DAP(distemper) the second year and then Rabies. We would continue to rotate through these vaccines each subsequent year.

Why is it important to vaccinate your dog?:

Routine vaccination is one of the key methods of fighting disease and keeping your pet healthy.

How much do dog vaccinations cost?

There is a set cost for the core vaccine and physical examination with an add-on fee for any additional non-core vaccines.



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We would never want to think that the winter holidays would be anything but a happy time for our pets and certainly we would never think of the word “hazard” but unfortunately, it is a time that veterinary clinics see a lot of dogs and cats for a various number of reasons related to this special time of year. Choking, stomach upsets, intestinal obstructions, and poisonings are many of the reasons dogs and cats end up in emergency hospitals over the holidays.

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