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Here at Roosevelt Veterinary Center, our entire veterinary wellness team take the care of your pets very seriously. We believe in the importance of preventing diseases before they happen, letting your dog enjoy a happy and healthy life. Following the American Animal Hospital Association’s guidelines for vaccination of dogs, our veterinarians offer several vaccines which are important for all dogs and several that may be important for your dog depending on his or her lifestyle.
We are proud to be among the leading veterinary hospitals in Brewster and Beacon, and the only veterinary hospital to offer Laparoscopic surgery. In addition to rabies and other pet vaccinations, our pet hospital also offers regular wellness exams with a veterinarian, dental care, surgery, and emergency pet care. Whether your dog needs a major surgery or a rabies vaccination, our pet hospital and veterinary team is ready to provide the best care possible.
Our vets strongly recommends the rabies vaccination for all eligible pets. Rabies is a dangerous and deadly viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in infected animals. Humans or animals can contract rabies if they are bitten by an infected animal. Infected saliva from the bite can enter the bloodstream, leading to infection and, in many cases, death. For humans, rabies is nearly always fatal if a vaccination is not administered prior to the onset of severe symptoms. A rabies vaccination is extremely important and life-saving, and is required by New York state law for all dogs, cats and ferrets.
The state of New York and local health department laws are extremely strict regarding the vaccination and veterinary care of pets who may be exposed to rabies. If an unvaccinated pet who may have been exposed to rabies has bitten a human, the health department may require that pet to be humanely euthanatized and sent for rabies testing. If an unvaccinated pet may have been exposed to rabies but has not bitten a human, that pet must be quarantined for six months.
Even if an unvaccinated pet has never been exposed to rabies, if that pet bites a person, the pet must be quarantined for 10 days and monitored. If the pet becomes sick and exhibits signs of rabies during this period, the pet must be euthanized and submitted for rabies testing. Sadly, our veterinarian has seen far too many cases where an unvaccinated family pet scuffled with an oddly acting raccoon in the backyard, and the owner who tried to break up the scuffle was bitten. In these sad cases, the family pet had to be euthanized for rabies testing. Our pet hospital strongly recommends that all pet owners comply with state law and vaccinate their pets to avoid the untimely death of their pet or harming the health of another human. You can learn more about state requirements and pet vaccinations at veterinary hospitals by visiting www.health.state.ny.us/diseases.
The first rabies vaccination should be administered no later than four months of age. Your dog will then receive a rabies vaccination booster the following year and then every three years after that.
Our veterinarians recommend this vaccine, which protects against canine distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza, for all dogs. Because these diseases are extremely contagious and can easily be fatal, all dogs are at risk. Even indoor dogs can contract parvovirus if the virus is brought home on an un-suspecting owner’s shoes or clothes. Puppies should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks starting at 6 weeks of age. Vaccination of adult dogs can be decreased to every 1-3 years.
“Lepto” is a bacterial infection of the liver and kidneys. Not only can lepto be fatal to dogs, but it can also be transmitted from dogs to human family members. Dogs contract lepto from exposure to contaminated outdoor water sources so any dog with access to lakes, creeks, or even puddles should be vaccinated. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.
Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and is very common in New York. Symptoms in dogs include limping, fever, and loss of appetite. Rarely, lyme disease can cause life-threatening kidney failure. We recommend the vaccine for dogs who are known to get ticks or spend time in the woods or grass. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.
Kennel cough is a contagious upper respiratory infection (a.k.a. “cold”) of dogs. If your dog stays at the kennel or goes to the groomer, the dog park, or anywhere else with logs of dogs, then he or she should be vaccinated. Depending on the level of your dog’s risk, the vaccine can be repeated every 6-12 months.
The canine “flu” causes severe upper and lower respiratory disease which is fatal in 1-5% of dogs. Outbreaks are not common but have been reported in kennels in the Dutchess/Putnam county area. Some kennels have started requiring this vaccine. After an initial series, this vaccine should be repeated annually.
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