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Canine Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important part of your dogs’ care, and Crestone Mobile Vet can help you keep on track with your pets' vaccination schedule.

Vaccines create antibodies which protect your dog from disease. Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your dog healthy and free from disease. However, not every dog requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Current research in veterinary medicine has linked over vaccination in dogs with certain immune-related conditions. We tailor a vaccine protocol that is specific to your dog based on his or her lifestyle and immune status. Rabies vaccination is required by Colorado law for cats and dogs.


This is a combination vaccine that is commonly given at four-week intervals in puppies at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age; booster vaccinations are then given annually. Please remember that these time frames are generalizations and certain breeds or individuals may need to have a slightly different schedule. 

  • Distemper: A highly contagious airborne viral disease that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system.  Also spread by infected raccoons, coyotes and foxes.  Has a 50% or greater fatality rate in infected dogs.
  • Adenovirus: A highly infectious airborne virus affecting the respiratory system, and one of the causes of tracheobronchitis, also known as kennel cough. The vaccine also protects against the canine hepatitis virus type 1 and 2.
  • Parainfluenza: A contagious airborne virus which produces a respiratory tract infection, also one of the causes of kennel cough.
  • Parvovirus: A highly infectious disease spread through ingestion of contaminated feces. The virus predominantly affects the intestines and white blood cells. It primarily affects puppies and causes severe diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and death if not treated promptly.


A deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. This could be a skunk, raccoon, bat or any number of other animals. One vaccine is given to puppies 16 weeks or older, a booster given one year later, then again every three years thereafter to maintain immunity.


Bordetella is a highly contagious airborne bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract and a significant component of kennel cough (tracheobronchitis). Other components are the Adenovirus-2 and the parainfluenza previously mentioned. Kennel cough generally presents with an ongoing dry, harsh, hacking cough and can last up to three weeks or more.  It can lower a dog’s defenses against bacterial infections, leading to pneumonia.

The first vaccines are typically administered to puppies at 12 and 16 weeks of age. A booster vaccine is then given every six to 12 months to assist in the maintenance of immunity. Most boarding and day-care facilities require this vaccine every six months.

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