Hello everyone! This week’s blog is in partnership with the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital, bringing essential information and tips on vaccinations and the well-being of your furry friend. Take it away!


The Importance of Specific Vaccines

We are strong believers in preventive veterinary care and encourage a proactive approach to personalized pet health at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital. We work closely with each of our clients to ensure that they receive the accurate, up-to-date information needed to make the best veterinary health care decisions for their dogs.  Every dog is different in their daily needs, so we tailor our treatments to each individual dog.  With dogs becoming more socialized through dog daycares, boarding/grooming facilities, dog parks, and dog friendly restaurants, it is crucial to receive the appropriate vaccines needed for their active lifestyle.


Which specific vaccines are important?

There are a basic set of vaccines we think are important to obtain for your dog, especially if you want them to be with you socially.  To keep not only your own dog, but other dogs in contact  as well, the following vaccines are needed:

Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Canine Influenza

Along with these, your dog needs flea and tick control, as well as a semi-annual deworming. An annual exam is a great opportunity to discuss with your veterinarian your dog’s lifestyle and discuss why the vaccines mentioned above are needed.  We encourage a safe, healthy pet community in Central Florida, and by following the above criteria, you can remain at ease while out and about with your canine companion.


Why are these vaccines important?

Just like humans, vaccines play an important role in protecting the health and well-being of your dog.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) discusses 5 reasons to vaccinate your pet:  

  1. Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses.
  2. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.
  3. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people.
  4. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper, can infect unvaccinated pets.
  5. In many areas, local or state ordinances require certain vaccinations of household pets.  (https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/vaccinations.aspx)


Tips and Reminders for Vaccines

There are numerous veterinary, boarding, and day care facilities in Central Florida who all require and adhere to different vaccine protocols, so it can be confusing to figure out what you may need specifically.  To help narrow down which vaccines are best for your dog, make sure to speak directly with your veterinarian. Discuss your daily routines, outings, and future trips (especially out of state) that your dog will be included in.  You will then be able to select which vaccines your dog will need to ensure a safe and healthy experience.  

Our world is becoming more pet friendly by the second, so you want to make sure your dog is properly vaccinated.  Speak with your veterinarian about your life with your dog and devise a plan in which will benefit you the most. If your dog will be frequenting the local dog-friendly hot spots, we recommend he be up to date on Rabies, Distemper/Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza.  For more information, you can always give us a call at 407-644-2676. We will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have!

Lastly, please remember that up-to-date vaccinations are required for your dog to play in the off-leash park at Boozehounds Dog Bar. Stay tuned for more information. 


Winter Park Veterinary Hospital 

1601 Lee Road, Winter Park FL 32789

(407) 644-2676