Core Vaccination Series

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Vaccinations and Your Doxie

Vaccinations are a critical component of preventive care for your dog. Thanks to the development of vaccines, dogs have been protected from numerous disease threats, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and several others. Some of these diseases can be passed from dogs to people—so canine vaccinations have protected human health as well.

Core Vaccinations

Core vaccines are generally recommended for all dogs and protect against diseases that are more serious or potentially fatal. These diseases are found in all areas of North America and are more easily transmitted than noncore diseases.

The AAHA guidelines define the following as core vaccines:

  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Rabies
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Distemper, adenovirus, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus vaccinations are commonly referred to as the distemper combo.

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