Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals including dogs and humans. Therefore, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. It is important that dogs receive a rabies shot during their initial dog vaccinations they get as puppies. An adult booster shot is given a year later and administered every three years afterward.
Bordetella, also known as kennel cough, is a very common and contagious illness that affects the canine respiratory system.
Leptospirosis, or lepto, is a zoonotic and potentially deadly disease that causes kidney and liver damage in pets and humans. The virus is transferred to pets and their environment from wild animals like deer, skunks, raccoons, rodents and others. Due to the serious nature of this disease, dog vaccinations for lepto are administered yearly.
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that affects thousands of pets every year. Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that reside in the arteries, lungs and hearts of dogs, cats and other animals. Once an animal is infected, it is essential to seek treatment, or else its life will be cut short. For dogs, treatment is possible, but it is prudent to focus on preventing the virus from the start. At College Way, we recommend having your dog tested for heartworms every year and maintain a monthly heartworm prevention regimen if you are traveling outside of western Washington.