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.


Your Pet and Their Dental Health

We all realize the importance of our own dental routines to prevent the occurrence of dental disease within ourselves; dental care for our pets is equally important! Dental disease or periodontal disease is the most widespread disease associated with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. It can lead to irritated gums, painful dental infections, tooth loss and can cause bacteria to travel through the bloodstream and compromise vital organs. Fortunately, with a proper dental routine designed for our pets, periodontal disease, in most cases, is preventable. Steps to preventing periodontal disease can include regular brushing, rinses, wipes, chews, dental diets, dental prophies or scaling and regular checkups. Click on the link below and watch a short video to learn steps on how you can easily make dental brushing apart of your pet’s everyday routine! https://www.ccv.adobe.com/v1/player/Ru55HeZoDkC/embed

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