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Dog Vaccines

Canine Distemper

This vaccine includes several viral diseases in one.

  • Canine Adenovirus -A canine herpes virus that affects puppies and geriatric animals most commonly. This disease may cause damage to the liver and blood vessels.
  • Parainfluenza – An infectious disease of the respiratory system and one of the potential causes of the Kennel Cough complex.
  • Parvovirus – A viral disease that attacks the rapidly dividing cells of the intestine and bone marrow resulting in severe vomiting, diarrhea and very low white blood cell numbers. It is often lethal in young or debilitated animals and healthy adults usually require hospitalization on fluids to survive. This disease is highly contagious and the virus can live outside the animal for extended periods of time.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica Vaccine with Canine Adenovirus Type 2

Bordetella is a highly contagious bacteria that spreads readily through the air or by indirect contact especially under conditions when animals are in close proximity. All animals who will be spending time in a kennel facility, grooming shop or training classes should be given this vaccine at least one week prior to going there.

  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica bacteria is one of the most common causes of kennel cough (a syndrome characterized by a frequent barking cough that may also produce white foamy vomit at the end of the coughing spell). It can last up to three weeks.
  • Adenovirus Type 2 – Another virus that can play a role in causing kennel cough.

Rabies Vaccine

  • Rabies is highly fatal virus affecting the nervous system in all warm blooded animals. It is transferred through the saliva of an infected animal most commonly a bat or raccoon. An untreated infection is always fatal. This virus is of particular concern because of its ability to infect humans.


  • Leptospirosis is a bacteria spread through the saliva, urine or nasal secreations of infected animals, most commonly wildlife or livestock. The organism grows in water contaminated by these animals. Hunting animals and others animals spending time in streams, marshes or standing water tend to be more at risk for this disease. It is usually seen during the Summer months when water temperatures are warmer. The disease can cause both kidney and liver disease or failure. Early treatment with antibiotics can be life saving.

Lyme Vaccine – Borrelia Burgdorferi

  • Lyme Disease, a ricketsia organism transferred through the bite of the deer tick, causes joint pain that may move from one leg to another and severe lethargy and fever. Animals at risk include those spending time in Minnesota and Wisconsin’s wooded areas, and tall grassy areas. Anywhere that small mammals (mice etc.) and deer are present can be infested with deer ticks. Lyme disease is most often spread to dogs and humans by the small nymph stage of the deer tick. Nymphs start out no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. In addition to lyme disease, deer ticks also spread another disease called anaplasmosis. In Minnesota anaplasmosis is as common as lyme disease and can be as devistating. Signs are similar to lyme disease and we do not have a vaccine. It is therefore important to use a good tick control product when your pet is in grassy or wooded areas. We highly recommend using either oral Nexgard or Frontline topical monthly for ticks beginning on March 1 and continuing until the last dose on December 1. Infected animals can be treated for Lyme and Anaplasmosis with antibiotics if caught early in the disease. On rare occasions Lyme disease can cause fatal kidney disease. Why this happens in some animals is not well known.