At Westmonte, our top priority is to keep your pets healthy. Vaccinations help build your puppy's immunities, thus protecting them from serious diseases. Here at Westmonte our veterinarians take pride in giving your dog the best quality vaccinations. Due to the fact that vaccinations are such an important part of your dogs health, we will send you an email, post card, and a courtesy phone call reminding you when your fur kids are due for his/her vaccines.
Puppies build their immunities by drinking their mother’s milk, which is filled with nutrients and antibodies. Once weaned off their mother's milk, the puppy’s immunities start to decline. Vaccinations are necessary to help protect young dogs from serious diseases.
At Westmonte we strive to give you the best, and that's why we only use the best quality vaccinations available, made by Merck Animal Health. Merck vaccines are recognized as best quality, and are proven to have a low risk of adverse vaccine reactions. The high quality vaccines we use are not the cheapest for us, but we do not pass the cost on to you. It’s just another way we provide you with superior value.
You may be wondering what all of these vaccinations are actually for. Each canine vaccine is described in detail below.
The DA2PP vaccine protects your dog against four serious diseases, including Canine Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus type 2), Parainfluenza and Parvo virus. This is the most important core vaccine for your puppy. DA2PP should be first given at 8 weeks of age. Your puppy should receive booster shots every 3 weeks thereafter until 4 months of age. Adult dogs need to have their DA2PP boostered every three years.
Leptospirosis is a spirochete bacterial organism that is highly contagious to a wide range of animals and humans. Leptospirosis is perpetuated in rats and always present in the environment. We typically see more cases in the summer and fall. The disease thrives in rainy tropical climates, like Florida. Leptospira produce potent toxins that attack the liver and kidneys of the infected pet or person. At Westmonte our veterinarian recommends vaccinating your dog with a multi-strain leptospirosis vaccine. The vaccine is given at 12 and 15 weeks of age and annually thereafter.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica is an airborne bacterium that causes the respiratory infection know as Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is similar to influenza in human and can lead to pneumonia. The Bordetella vaccine is required for dogs that are going to be boarding, grooming or going to be socialized with other dogs.
Bordetella can be administrated as an intranasal, injection or orally. Your puppy can be vaccinated against Bordetella at 6 to 8 weeks of age and should be boostered every 6 months when using the intranasal form which has been shown to be the most effective form of the vaccine. Therefore, the veterinarians at Westmonte use the intranasal form of the Bordetella vaccination and recommend bi-annual boosters.
Lyme disease is spread by infected ticks. Lyme disease vaccines are critical for dogs living in high risk areas. If you live near woods or have seen wildlife near your home, you probably live in a high risk area. The vaccine is administered in two doses, typically after 12 weeks and then 3 weeks following the first administration a booster is given with annual boosters thereafter.
Rabies is a deadly viral infection that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. What make rabies so frightening is that it is equally contagious to humans. Rabies is spread when an infected animal bites any mammal. Raccoons and other feral animals often carry rabies. The rabies vaccination provides your dog with protection in case they come in contact with a rabid animal. There is no cure for rabies, therefore, prevention is critical.
Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Florida law states that "all dogs and cats 4 months of age or older must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian"