If you are welcoming a new puppy into your home, you should schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away. The vet can conduct a pet exam to make sure that your new furry friend is healthy and starting on the right foot. Our veterinarian can also speak with you about vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and other things to help your pet. Contact Greystone Animal Hospital in Burnaby to speak with our veterinarian and schedule your pet’s first check-up today.
Pets can be exposed to a variety of serious and even deadly diseases. Perhaps the most well-known animal disease is rabies. This disease is very serious and often fatal if pets contract it. Furthermore, pets suffering from rabies can spread the disease to other animals and even people. Fortunately, veterinarians can give your pet a rabies vaccine which is highly effective and may save your pet’s life. Many government authorities also require puppies to be vaccinated with the rabies vaccine. Let’s take a closer look at canine vaccines.
Core & Non-Core Dog Vaccinations
In regards to puppies, there are two common types of vaccines: core and non-core. A core vaccine is a vaccine that every puppy should get no matter their lifestyle. The rabies vaccine is one example of a common core vaccine.
Other core vaccines include distemper, canine parvovirus, and canine hepatitis A. Every puppy should get these vaccinations and booster shots may be required in the future. Our veterinarian can talk with you about these diseases and why they are so serious.
Then there are also “non-core” vaccines. Whether or not your pet should get a non-core vaccine often comes down to where it lives and the pet’s lifestyle. As for non-core vaccines, Bordetella, Borrelia burgdorferi, canine parainfluenza virus (CPiV), canine influenza viruses H3N8 and H3N2, and distemper measles combination vaccines are among the most common non-core vaccinations.
Which vaccinations are right for your puppy? When it comes to non-core vaccines, you will want to speak with a veterinarian. Together, we can discuss your puppy’s lifestyle and other risk factors to determine which vaccinations are necessary.
Other Puppy Wellness Considerations
Raising a puppy takes a lot of work, especially if you want to maximize his or her health. Nutrition and diet are important considerations. You should also consider getting your pet fixed to improve its health and avoid unwanted pregnancies. Proper training and getting your puppy housebroken, are also important. Our team at Greystone Animal Hospital is here to help you and your new furry friend every step of the way.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Burnaby
Bring your puppy in for a pet wellness exam. Dr. Kamboj at Greystone Animal Hospital can help! Call us today at 604-559-4488 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.