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Canine Vaccine Recommendations
8 weeks of age: 1st DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
12 weeks of age: 2nd DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), 1yr Bordetella vaccine
16 weeks of age: 3rd DA2PP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), 1 year Rabies vaccine,
1st Leptospirosis vaccine
19 weeks of age: 2nd Leptospirosis vaccine
**Your pet is not protected from these diseases until they have received all required boosters **
The DA2PP vaccine protects against life threatening and often fatal diseases that are spread by wildlife and unvaccinated dogs. We highly recommend this vaccine, as these diseases are quite common in Colorado. After the initial three boosters, the vaccine is given annually, then every three years.
The Bordetella vaccine protects against kennel cough. It is recommended for any dog that goes to dog parks, training classes, doggy day care or boarding facilities. Bordetella is usually required by most boarding facilities. After the initial vaccine, it is given yearly, although some boarding facilities require it be given every six months.
The Rabies vaccine protects against the rabies virus and is usually spread through bites by an infected animal. This vaccine is required by law in the interest of public safety, as Rabies is transferable to humans and there is no cure. It can be given as a one-year or a three-year vaccine.
The Leptospirosis vaccine is recommended for any animal that could come into contact with wild animal urine. If you have squirrels, skunks or raccoons in your yard or along your walking route, your dog should have this vaccine. After the initial two boosters, the vaccine is given yearly.
The Canine Influenza Vaccine (CIV) is recommended for any dog that comes into contact with shelter animals or large groups of pets. Boarding facilities and doggy day cares sometimes require this vaccine. After two initial boosters, the vaccine is given yearly.
The Lyme disease vaccinations are also available for pets that travel to tick infested areas at Clear Creek Animal Hospital. After the initial two boosters, the vaccine is given annually.