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Orwigsburg vet, veterinarian in Orwigsburg,

Brunswick Veterinary Hospital


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Vaccinations - Dogs


This is a viral disease that is easily spread through direct contact and contact with bodily fluids or contaminated food and water. Puppies are the most susceptible to the disease and also have the highest risk of death in severe cases due to complications from the disease. Vaccinations have proven to be effective so it is important to have your puppy vaccinated. The disease can be treated if contracted, but requires quarantining your dog from other dogs for many months, and the disease can also result in some long term health problems.  All puppies should be vaccinated starting at 6 weeks of age, then every 3-4 weeks until at least 14 weeks of age.  A booster is given in one year, and then every 3 years.

Adenovirus Type 2

This virus leads to the infection commonly known as “kennel cough” in dogs. It is very contagious, and is characterized by a hacking cough and a foamy white discharge.  Part of the distemper combination vaccination.



Bordatella is a bacteria that can cause kennel cough which results in a very harsh annoying cough for the dog. There are bacterins available to help prevent it.  We have both an oral vaccine for quicker response time, and an injectable vaccine.  Please try to get your pet vaccinated at least two weeks prior to boarding for efficacy- any less time and your pet will not be fully protected.  All pets going to puppy classes, doggy day care and the groomer should also be protected agains Bordatella.


Dogs with Lepto show signs of fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression.  It could lead to kidney or liver disease and if untreated can become deadly.  Depending on your dog's lifestyle this vaccination might not be necessary.  Lepto is transmitted by your dog drinking water from contaminated streams, mud puddles, or ponds.  There are over 16 types of Leptospirosis and the vaccine we use protects against 4 of these strains.  This disease is transmissable to people.



This disease is more commonly referred to as “parvo” and is one of the leading causes of viral infections in dogs. It is highly contagious and transmitted by direct or indirect contact with contaminated feces.  This means that if you unknowingly step on some parvo infected fecal material and bring it inside your home- your dog could contract parvo.  There are cardiac and intestinal forms of the disease, both of which are fatal in most cases when left untreated. Parvo typically presents with lethargy, decreased appetite, and then profuse bloody vomiting and diarrhea.  It is often fatal if aggressive supportive care is not pursued.  The vaccination is highly recommended and is given in a series of shots every 3-4 weeks apart starting when the puppy is about 6- 8 weeks old until the pup is at least 14 weeks of age.   A booster is given in one year and then every 3 years


Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is transmitted from ticks. Ticks live in wooded areas and areas with tall, overgrown grass or brush. If you live in areas where these environments exist, it is smart to take proper precautions to prevent Lyme disease. If your dog does become ill with Lyme disease, you may notice that the dog will walk with a limp or seem mopey.   Over 85% of dogs infected by Lyme disease show no clinical signs.  We use a very effective vaccine which is about 95% effective and is administered twice 3-4 weeks apart and then yearly.  We especially recommend the vaccine for Retrievers as they are more prone to the life-threatening kidney damage from the disease.  Lyme disease is the most common disease found in dogs in our practice!  We also recommend good tick control with Simparica to help prevent Lyme disease and other common tick borne diseases such as Anaplasmosis.


Canine Influenza

There is a vaccine available for canine influenza, which can cause a high fever and death in some cases.  There have not been any known cases in this area, but some kennels may require the vaccine if it is present in their population.  If your pet travels to different states or visit dog parks, we highly recommend this vaccine.  The current vaccine now protects against both strains of influenza.  This injection needs two  boosters  3 weeks apart, and then is administered annually to at risk dogs.



Rabies vaccination is required by PA State Law for all dogs.  The first vaccine must be given at three months of age and is efective for one year.  Subsequent vaccines are usually given every three years as long as the prior vaccination is not overdue.  Rabies is present in PA and is fatal if contracted.  We have several know positive exposures every year.  It is recommended that a non-Rabies vaccinated dog be euthanized if bitten by an unknown wild animal.  Don't take the risk, vaccinate your pet. 

Providing Distemper, Adenovirus, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Corona virus, Bordetella, Lyme Disease, Giardia, and Rabies vaccinations and shots