‘Core’ vaccines are considered essential vaccines, and include vaccinations against:
- Canine Distemper - This is virus that affects the respiratory, nervous and/or gastrointestinal systems. Symptoms can include a fever, coughing, paralysis, vomiting, and discharges from the eyes and nose.
- Canine Hepatitis - This is caused by the adenovirus type-1 (CAV-1) virus that affects the liver. Symptoms can include jaundice, fever, and vomiting.
- Parvovirus - This virus kills cells in the gastrointestinal system, causing severe pain, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and potentially death.
- Rabies - This virus affects the central nervous system and leads to increased aggression, anxiety, drooling, paralysis, and ultimately death.
- Canine Parainfluenza - This is one of several viruses that can contribute to kennel cough.
‘Non-core’ vaccines are vaccines that aren’t always considered essential, depending on the area that you live in. Talk to your veterinarian about what might be right for your particular living situation.
- Corona Virus - This affects the gastrointestinal and occasionally respiratory system. Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting and loss of appetite.
- Bordetella Bronchiseptica - This is one of the most popular contributors to ‘kennel cough’, a highly contagious disease that can result in a harsh, hacking cough. It is often recommended for dogs who interact a lot with other dogs, such as in boarding or play groups.
- Leptospirosis - This is caused by a bacteria, and symptoms can include either no signs, reduced appetite, lethargy, muscle stiffness, and gastrointestinal upset.
- Lyme Disease - This is transmitted by ticks and can cause limping, joint stiffness, heart and kidney issues, and sometime neurological signs.