Intervet/Schering-Plough, a drug company and major supplier of vaccine to the veterinary community has research backed studies and licensing for a 3 year canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus vaccine which we have now switched over to.
Puppies will now only need 2 boosters. They will get their 1st vaccine at 8 weeks and a booster at 12 weeks for Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus. Rabies and Kennel Cough vaccines will be given at 12 weeks of age as well depending on lifestyle and risks.
Adult dogs will still come in for yearly health checks and to decrease the antigen load per visit we will be staggering the Distemper, Parvo and Adeno vaccines individually as follows:
1 year- Rabies vaccine +/- Kennel Cough
2 years- Parvovirus +/_ Kennel Cough
3 years- Distemper/Adenovirus +/- Kennel Cough
4 years- Rabies +/- Kennel Cough then repeat from year 2. Kennel Cough is still a yearly vaccine.
**For every Distemper/Parvo/Adeno virus vaccine our clinic gives, Intervet/Schering-Plough will donate a dose of rabies vaccine to the Serengeti in an effort to decrease rabies related human deaths in Africa by vaccinating dogs there. Dog bites are the primary cause of human rabies contraction in Africa. So by vaccinating your dog responsibly you will also be vaccinating a dog in Africa, that’s pretty cool**