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Which vaccines does my dog really need and why?

Vaccine for Dogs Near Me Costa Mesa CA Area

If you live in the Costa Mesa, California area and have been searching for “dog vaccines near me,” you will find that and more at All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital. Keeping your pet healthy and disease-free through preventive care is the foundation of our veterinary practice. We offer both the core vaccines recommended for every dog and other vaccines that may be important for your dog’s health depending on certain lifestyle factors. We are always happy to talk through any questions or concerns you have about your dog’s recommended vaccine schedule.

Core vaccines

The “core vaccines” are the vaccines that are considered essential for reducing the risk of diseases that are very contagious or potentially fatal for your dog, and include:

  • Rabies: Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to any mammal, and vaccinating your dog against it is required by law. The first rabies vaccine should be given to your puppy at around three to four months of age, followed by a booster one year later. Depending on the rabies vaccine administered, your dog will then need a booster every one or three years thereafter.
  • DHLPP: This vaccine protects against several serious diseases in just one shot: distemper, two types of adenovirus (hepatitis), parainfluenza,Leptospirosis and parvovirus. All of these illnesses are highly contagious, and most are very serious, frequently resulting in long-term damage or death. After being administered a DHLPP vaccination series as a puppy, followed by yearly boosters.

Non-core vaccines

Depending on certain factors, such as whether your dog visits boarding or dog daycare facilities, other vaccinations may also be recommended, such as:

  • Bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Lyme disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza
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Dr. Spongberg will talk with you about your lifestyle and whether any non-core vaccines would benefit your dog’s health.

Schedule your dog’s vaccinations today!

While the above diseases can all cause pain and heartache, the good news is that vaccination is a highly effective means of protection for your dog. To schedule your dog’s vaccinations, call All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital today at (949) 430-7576.

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Dr. Rand Spongberg, BSc, BVMS

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A graduate from the University of California, Irvine, and Murdoch University, Dr. Rand Spongberg brings with him a plethora of skills and expertise. He is a very well established veterinarian who has a passion for animal welfare and is a firm believer in taking care of both the pet and its owner.

Dr. Spongberg prioritizes his relationships with the owners of the pets that are brought to him for help as maintaining a bond of trust and respect allows for him to better diagnose, treat and help the animals that come to him. Quality of work has always been a part of his repertoire and giving animals the best possible care whilst under his control is something Dr. Spongberg is happy to be responsible for.

In addition to being a service oriented person with a genuine compassion for animals, Dr. Spongberg maintains active memberships at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and is the proud new owner of All Creatures Care Cottage Veterinary Hospital.