At Kato Animal Hospital, we’d like to share some of the most frequently asked questions we hear, along with the answers to these questions. For a personalized assessment of your pet’s health, call us to make an appointment.
Q: What dog vaccines do you recommend?
A: For dogs, there are two core vaccines; DHPP (distemper, adenovirus [herpes]), parainfluenza, parvovirus) and rabies. These are core vaccines because they all cover diseases that can be picked up on daily walks, just sniffing around the block. Rabies vaccines are required by law in Ontario due to the number of bats, squirrels and raccoons in the province.
Beyond these core inoculations, vaccines become recommended based on lifestyle. If you are going to take your dog to any bodies of water (or if you are in an area with lots of squirrels or raccoons), we recommend the leptospirosis vaccine. Lepto is a bacterial infection that is spread through raccoons, squirrels, skunks, etc. in their urine, and of course everything runs into bodies of water when it rains.
If your dog is going to be spending time in grooming salons, boarding facilities or classes (obedience, agility, etc.), we also recommend the Bordetella vaccine. Bordetella (kennel cough) is a contagious upper respiratory infection, and in a closed space like a classroom or kennel, the likelihood that your dog may be exposed to bordetella increases.
Q: What cat vaccines do you recommend?
Q: Why is there a fee for collecting blood from my pet? Why is it done away from me?
Q: Why does my pet need to see the vet every year?