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Canine Vaccinations With Your Antioch Veterinarian

Dogs may be man's best friend, but friendship is a two-way street. If you want the best for your beloved canine, then the best way to demonstrate your friendship is to provide him with the necessary care he needs for a happy, healthy life. Vaccinations play a critical role in achieving this goal, from following a puppy vaccination schedule for essential protection to providing booster shots and  elective vaccinations as needed. If you need dog vaccinations in Antioch, look no further than our own Antioch veterinarian and team at PetMed.

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Core Vaccinations With Your Antioch Veterinarian

Our Antioch veterinarian recommends that all dogs receive certain "core" or essential vaccinations against the most common (and potentially deadly) threats. A round of core vaccinations includes:

  • Rabies vaccine - The rabies vaccine can keep your dog from contracting this fatal neurological disease -- one that can easily be transferred to other animals and people through the bite of an infected animal.
  • DHPP - This shot is a "4-in-1" vaccination that conveys protection against several killer diseases at once. The initial stands for the diseases in question: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza.

Ideally, core vaccinations are first administered to puppies when they only a few weeks old. Our puppy vaccination schedule is so designed because  puppy has no natural immunity at first, only a "leftover immunity" from the mother's body. Several rounds of shots are includes in our puppy vaccination schedule to build the immunity up to full strength.

Additional elective vaccinations may sometimes be recommended for specific situations to protect against disease such as:

  • Leptospirosis (depending on the pet's age and surrounding climate)

  • Bordetella or "kennel cough" (when boarding your pet)

  • Lyme disease - Rarely necessary, but available as an option

You may have had many vaccinations yourself over the years without necessarily understanding exactly how these substances work to protect the body against specific diseases. A vaccine is a "killed" or inert variation of a pathogen, modified so that it can no longer actually cause the disease it once represented. But it still retains its antigens, the molecular markers that identify it to the body as that particular viral agent. When we inject the vaccine into your dog's body, the immune system responds to the "disease" by creating antibodies as a defense. This defense now serves to protect against the genuine disease.

Important Immunizations for Franklin, Brentwood and Antioch TN Dogs

We now offer non-adjuvanted vaccines for Franklin, Brentwood and Antioch TN dogs. These vaccines do not contain the extra immune boosters known as adjuvants, and they may present a lower risk for potential side effects and complications. But even the minimal risk presented by vaccinations is a much safer bet than leaving your dog unprotected against killer diseases. That means our Antioch veterinarian needs to administer period booster shots to keep the protection strong for the life of your dog. Call us to schedule an appointment at PetMed, your place for dog vaccinations in Antioch!

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Would NOT go anywhere else. The staff are professional, knowledgeable and care deeply about the health and welfare of your pet. If you are looking for the best care for your beloved companion, PetMed is the place to go!

Patty Wilson
Nolensville, TN

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