At Seattle Canine Club, we strive to provide a safe and nurturing daycare environment for your dogs. Part of that work actually begins with you, the owners, and your veterinarian. They are the one who administers the vaccines needed for your furry friend to come play at our dog daycare.
Vaccines play a vital role in keeping our four-legged family members healthy, just as they do for humans. Seattle Canine Club requires the standard suite of vaccines needed for dog daycares in the Seattle area, which any vet should be able to provide. While these vaccines are typical for our area, you should always double-check with your veterinarian. Your vet may have recommendations for additional or different vaccines depending on the health of your dog.
The vaccines our dog daycare requires will encourage your faithful companion to live a long and healthy life: DHPP, rabies, bordetella, as well as ongoing heartworm and flea prevention.
The DHPP shot is a standard combination vaccine which prevents distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza. All four of these diseases can be fatal if untreated, and parvo is likely to not respond to treatment. This is a vital early vaccination for your puppy and should be first administered when the pup is not older than eight weeks old.
Rabies is always fatal. There is no cure. There is no treatment. It’s a highly contagious disease spread by animal bite, or the consumption of a rabid carcass. In Seattle the most common vectors for rabies are raccoons and bats, so you should probably avoid close encounters with either animal. It’s considered a good policy to stay up-to-date with this vaccine. This is due to the deadly nature of the virus and a dog’s natural tendency to get into things that they shouldn’t.
Bordetella (bore-dih-TEL-uh) is a genus of bacteria which infects both humans and canines. The bacteria group causes kennel cough in dogs and whooping cough in humans, both of which are highly contagious. Due to the bacterial nature of the disease, this shot should be administered every six months. Especially when your pup is frequently in a dog-heavy environment, such as a dog park or a dog daycare.
If you would like more information on the vaccines which keep your dog safe, you can find the American Animal Hospital Association Guidelines PDF here.