Core vaccines for dogs are vaccines that are required by the State of Maine or are highly recommended for all dogs regardless of lifestyle, due to the prevalence of the disease in the area.
Rabies: Mandatory for all dogs
A fatal viral infection of the central nervous system that can affect all mammals including humans. The virus is transmitted from animal to animal and animal to man primarily through the bite of an infected animal. This vaccine is given once during the puppy series, again at one year of age and then repeated once every 3 years in adult dogs.
Distemper: Recommended for all dogs
Our canine distemper vaccine actually includes 4 different viruses in one injection. This vaccine is given as a series when they are a puppy, at one year of age and then once every three years for adult dogs.
- Distemper: A widespread and often fatal disease, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia and potentially brain damage.
- Adenovirus (Types 1 and 2): The cause of infectious hepatitis and respiratory infection.
- Parainfluenza: Part of the kennel cough complex. It is often a mild respiratory infection but can be more severe in puppies or debilitated dogs.
- Parvovirus: A widespread and potentially fatal disease, which may cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. It is especially dangerous in young dogs and individuals susceptible to the effects of dehydration.
Leptospirosis: Recommended for most dogs
This vaccine is given as part as the distemper vaccine in puppies. After one year of age it is given on a yearly basis. This disease is a bacterial infection that can cause permanent kidney damage. It is very contagious and is spread through contact with urine, nasal secretions or saliva. Leptospirosis or “Lepto” can also be spread to humans.
Heartworm Test: Recommended for all dogs
We recommend a yearly blood test to determine whether or not your dog has been exposed to heartworm disease. It also tests for exposure to Lyme and other tick born illnesses. This test is done on a yearly basis, usually at the same time as their annual physical.