Dog Vaccination and Deworming Schedule

Vaccinations are a crucial part of your dog’s health care regimen. They not only protect your pet from various illnesses but also contribute to a healthier pet community by preventing the spread of diseases. Vaccines work by preparing your dog’s immune system to recognize and combat specific infections.

 

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Dog Vaccines at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital

  • Distemper: A severe and contagious disease affecting a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
  • Parvovirus: A highly contagious viral illness, known for affecting puppies more severely.
  • Rabies: A fatal virus that can affect both animals and humans.
  • Bordetella: Recommended for dogs frequently visiting dog parks, boarding facilities, or grooming salons.
  • Canine Influenza: Advised for pets in areas with recent outbreaks or those who travel often.
  • Lyme: Recommended for dogs in areas with high tick exposure, this vaccine helps prevent Lyme disease, a bacterial illness which can cause joint pain and other serious health issues.
  • Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease that can affect a dog’s kidneys, liver, and other organs.

Personalized Vaccination Schedules

Your vet at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital will help design a vaccination schedule tailored to your dog’s lifestyle, health, and age. Remember, no two dogs are the same, and their vaccination needs can vary.

The Essential Role of Deworming in Your Dog’s Health

Deworming is as important as vaccinations. Dogs are prone to several types of internal parasites like roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and heartworms. These parasites can cause a range of health problems, from digestive disturbances to serious conditions.

Common Parasites and the Importance of Regular Deworming

  • Roundworms and Hookworms: Common in puppies, these can cause gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Heartworms: Transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated.

Tailored Deworming Plans

The team at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital can provide a deworming schedule that fits your dog’s specific needs, considering factors like age, breed, health status, and lifestyle.

Keeping Track: Your Dog’s Vaccination and Deworming Schedule

Adhering to a regular schedule for vaccinations and deworming is essential for your dog’s health. This timeline is not one-size-fits-all, so it’s important to work closely with your vet.

Puppies: Starting Off on the Right Paw

Puppies need a series of vaccinations starting at six to eight weeks of age, with boosters every three to four weeks until they’re about 16 weeks old. Deworming often begins at a young age and continues into adulthood.

Adult Dogs: Maintaining Health Year-Round

For adult dogs, some vaccines are given annually, while others might be every three years. Regular deworming is also crucial to prevent parasite-related health issues.

Senior Dogs: Special Care for Golden Years

As your dog ages, their immune system changes. Your vet at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital can adjust their vaccination and deworming schedule to suit their evolving health needs.

Conclusion: Your Partner in Pet Health

At Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital of Clifton Park, NY, we understand that your dog is more than a pet – they’re a cherished member of your family. That’s why we’re committed to providing personalized, compassionate care. Whether it’s time for your dog’s routine vaccinations, deworming, or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Don’t hesitate to safeguard your dog’s health. Call us today at (518) 383-6254 to schedule an appointment and give your dog the lifelong gift of health and happiness.

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About Us

Originally opened as Animal Care Hospital by Dr. Mark Johnston in 1989, the hospital became Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital in 2015 when it was purchased by Drs. Alan and Lisa Knott. The name 'Cornerstone' holds a special place in their hearts, representing not only their Christian faith but also their commitment to being the cornerstone of the community in which they practice. As a family-owned and operated practice, every pet is treated as part of the family, ensuring they receive the highest standard of care. The team at Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to building lasting relationships with clients and their beloved pets, striving to be the cornerstone of the community in which they practice.