There are two types of vaccines... core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are considered important for all dogs or cats to receive regardless of lifestyle, activity, etc. Non-core vaccines are those that are given based on an animal’s individual needs and potential exposure because of geographical location or lifestyle. Here, a list of dog vaccines.
- Rabies (core vaccine). This vaccine is deemed the most important because of the potential of rabies virus to infect and cause death in humans if exposed and left untreated.
- CPV-DHLP (core vaccine). It’s called the 5-in-1 vaccine because it helps the canine body to develop immunity against five diseases: canine parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parainfluenza. It is recommended for 6- to 8-week-old puppies and given at 2-4 week intervals until they reach 4 months of age. Booster shots are given annually to maintain the level of immunity.
- Infectious Tracheobronchitis (non-core vaccine). Also known as “a kennel cough,” which is thought to be caused by several microbes. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs. A good recovery is expected from this condition but those infected will be uncomfortable throughout the duration of the disease because of the frequent coughing. In severe cases that lead to pneumonia, death may occur.
- Ringworm (non-core vaccine). In dogs and cats, this skin condition is caused by the fungal microorganism Microsporum canis. It can also be passed on to humans. This is a relatively new type of vaccine.
When you bring your pet to the vet, always bring its adequately filled-out vaccination records. The record lists: the type of vaccine given, the brand and batch or the serial number of the vaccine, your vet’s name with his license number and the date of the next visit.