What Vaccines Are Required to Board My Dog?
Vaccines prevent against diseases that can lead to emergency veterinary care and sometimes death in dogs and cats. Here are guidelines from Ameripet Hotel & Pet Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho when you board your dog with us.
Rabies – The rabies vaccine prevents against the rabies virus which is transmittable from animal-to-animal through saliva, body fluid, or blood and is also transferable to humans. Rabies is a fatal disease. Puppies need to get the rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age, and the first vaccine expires after 1 year, after that the vaccine expires every 3 years.
Bordetella – The bordetella vaccine prevents against the bordetalla bacteria, also called “kennel cough” which is an airborne, contagious upper respiratory infection. It is transferrable to other dogs through the air sneezing and coughing. The prevention of bordetella can be given intra-nasal or subcutaneously. The first vaccine is given at 8 weeks and is good for 6 months. Clinical signs are coughing and sneezing.
DAPPv – The DAPP vaccine is a combination vaccine that prevents against 4 viruses including the distemper and parvovirus. The clinical signs of the distemper virus clinical signs include runny nose, eye discharge, and fever. Adenovirus is a respiratory disease and clinical signs include fever, depression, loss of appetite, coughing, a tender abdomen – among others. The clinical signs of parainfluenza virus include coughing, fever, nasal discharge, lack of energy, and loss of appetite. The clinical signs of parvovirus include bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever, vomiting, and weight loss. All of these are contagious to other dogs. This vaccine is typically boostered (given multiple times to build up immunity) three times; the first at 6 to 8 weeks of age, then every 3 weeks until 16 weeks, then annually.
Influenza – The influenza vaccine prevents against the influenza virus which is highly transmittable to other dogs through the air via sneezing and coughing, and clinical signs are coughing and sneezing. The influenza vaccine is boostered once, three weeks after the initial dose, then is given every year.
Protect Your Pet: Vaccinate Before Boarding
Boarding facilities place animals from different households in close proximity, increasing the risk of passing on infections. This makes vaccinations an essential part of preparing your pet for boarding.
Vaccinations help protect your pet by stimulating their body to produce antibodies to specific contagious and often lethal diseases. If your pet should later come in to contact with a disease they are vaccinated against the antibodies will protect them. Vaccinations may be given over a 2-3 week course and immunity may take days or weeks to develop afterwards. You should consult with the boarding facility and your vet in advance to find out the requirements and timescale involved for vaccinations.
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