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Vaccinations for Dogs
Vaccinations start at 6-8 weeks and are boostered every 3-4 weeks until the Rabies vaccination is given at 14-16 weeks of age.
If there is no vaccine history (such as when finding a stray animal) we will give the Rabies (1 year), DA2PP #1, and Leptospirosis #1 vaccines on your first visit. The DA2PP and Leptospirosis vaccines will be boostered 3-4 weeks later and will be good for one year. Afterward, the adult vaccine schedule will be followed.
The Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Canine Influenza vaccines are only needed if your pet will be boarding, grooming, or otherwise associating with dogs in close quarters. These are yearly vaccines, but some boarding facilities and groomers require giving bordetella every 6 months, so make sure to check their protocols. The Lyme vaccine is generally only needed in higher risk areas, such as if your pet goes in the woods or tall grasses where ticks can be found more prominently. Please consult with your veterinarian if you're unsure if you need these vaccines for your dog.
 In accordance with Franklin county law, all dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated against the Rabies virus. Giving the vaccine is considered a medical procedure and only healthy pets should be vaccinated. Because of this, we require a physical exam be done on your pet with a doctor when we give the Rabies vaccine. The physical examination ensures the health of your pet and, therefore, safety in receiving the vaccination.