Fido’s Vaccinations

Did you know that one of the most important things you can do for your canine pal is keep up with his vaccinations? Vaccines have been developed that can protect our furry friends from many deadly diseases. A local Marietta, GA vet offers some insight on doggy vaccines below.


There are a few vaccines that are considered core vaccines for our canine companions. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends these for all pooches. One of the most important ones is the rabies vaccine. Rabies is more deadly than many people realize: it’s actually the only disease with a nearly 100 percent fatality rate. Other core vaccines include the canine parvovirus vaccine, distemper, and the adenovirus-2 vaccine, which protects from hepatitis. Ask your veterinarian to recommend vaccination schedules.


The vaccines listed above are recommended for all dogs. There are also the non-core vaccines. These may be recommended based on your dog’s location and lifestyle. The Bordetella vaccine is required by kennels and groomers, as it helps prevent the spread of kennel cough, a dangerous respiratory infection. Leptospira protects against leptospirosis, a dangerous bacteria that thrives in wet areas. There are also non-core vaccinations available for Lyme disease, canine influenza, and canine parainfluenza. Rattlesnake vaccinations would also fall into the non-core vaccination basket. Since these are usually recommended on a case-by-case basis, be sure to talk to your vet about what is right for your pooch.

Boosters And Immunity

Have you ever wondered if dogs can pass immunity down to their puppies? The answer is yes and no. There is some immunity passed to puppies through the placenta and later, mother’s milk and colostrum. However, this fades fairly quickly, and is usually gone by the time little Fido is about three months old.
It’s worth noting that early puppyhood can be a tricky stage. You’ll need to socialize your furry friend, but you’ll also need to be careful not to bring him around unvaccinated dogs. That’s one reason we don’t recommend taking little Fido to dog parks before your vet gives the all-clear.


Vaccines are not one-and-done. Boosters are recommended for both core and non-core vaccines. This provides your furry best friend with lasting immunity against deadly diseases. Follow your vet’s recommended schedule.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s vaccination schedule? Feel free to contact us, your local Marietta, GA animal clinic, today!

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