Canine Vaccination

Keeping your canine healthy includes making sure he or she is eating enough nutrients and taking in enough water. It also consists of routine veterinary appointments as part of your pet’s preventative medicine. Our veterinarian in Nashville offers core vaccinations to boost your pet's immune system against harmful diseases. We can also discuss the option of non-core vaccinations, based on your pet's specific risks. As a result, your pet won't get sick or will have milder symptoms if he or she should come in contact with the disease. At Animal Hospital of West Nashville, we follow a particular schedule to ensure your pet has immunity when he or she needs it most.


Canine Distemper

Distemper is a viral infection that affects your pet's nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory system. In severe cases, this viral infection can cause death. This virus is transferable between animals like skunks, raccoons, and dogs. Your pet can contract it from the sharing water or food bowls with an infected animal or whenever an infected animal coughs or sneezes. Since there isn't a cure for distemper, dog owners are urged to vaccinate against this infection.

You should get this vaccine for your dog once he or she is eight weeks old. Then, your pet will need boosters at 12 and 16 weeks. Your pet will also need another one at one-year and either every year or three years following that. This vaccine is a combination vaccine and will also protect your dog from parvovirus, parainfluenza, and type I and type II adenovirus. These are also very contagious viruses. These infections are manageable but not treatable. In some cases, they can be deadly.


Rabies is a viral infection that tends to stem from a dog being bit by an infected animal, such as a skunk, bat, or raccoon. It affects your pet's central nervous system and will cause your dog to start foaming at the mouth and can lead to paralysis. It is a deadly condition without any treatment options.

In Texas, this is a required vaccine. You should get this inoculation for your dog at four months. Your pup will need another rabies shot at one year and vaccines subsequently every one to every three years, depending on the vaccine your pet receives. Routine vaccinations for dogs can keep your pooch healthy and happy for years to come. While the schedule seems like a lot to remember, our veterinarian can make sure you stay on top of your pet’s vaccination schedule.

Get Your Pet Vaccinated in Nashville, TN

Book an appointment with Animal Hospital of West Nashville to start your dog's vaccination schedule by calling us today at (615) 356-8993.


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