Pet Care: Dog vaccinations

The Providence Animal Rescue League stopped by “The Rhode Show” on Wednesday morning to share some important information regarding pet vaccinations.

According to PARL:

• Vaccinations are an important part of your dog’s health care routine and can protect your dog from a variety of serious diseases such as rabies, distemper and parvovirus.
• Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule that is best for your dog. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.
• It is important to keep in mind that vaccinations take a few days to a few weeks to become effective.

Core Vaccines
DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus)
Commonly called the “distemper shot,” this combo vaccine protects against the four diseases in its full name. All dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, starting with a series of vaccinations when they are a puppy (usually starting at 6 weeks of age).

Rabies virus is fatal and all mammals, including humans, are susceptible to infection. In Rhode Island, puppies must have their first vaccination by 4 months of age. One year after the initial vaccination, all dogs must have a rabies booster. Following the first yearly rabies vaccine, all dogs must have yearly or, three year boosters of the rabies vaccine.

Other Suggested Vaccines
Bordetella (commonly called “kennel cough”). The bordetella virus is highly contagious and can be spread through the air, causing coughing and sneezing in infected dogs. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog goes to a dog park or boarding kennel.

Lyme Disease. A bacterial infection carried by ticks, this disease is extremely prevalent in certain parts of the country — in particular, the east and west coasts and the areas around the Great Lakes.

About Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) Programs:
• PARL vaccinates every dog and cat prior to adoption.
• PARL’s community spay/neuter program for dogs and cats includes vaccinations.
• PARL hosts community vaccination clinics yearly and will resume in the Spring of 2017.

For more information about PARL’s programs and services, contact Director of Community Programs, Megan Yaffe at 401.421.1399×213 or