The lifestyle, breed, and age all determine the types of vaccines appropriate for your pet

Recommended / Required Dog Vaccinations
The Ashland Animal Hospital has recently changed its core canine vaccine protocol to the following:
• Viral vaccines are given every 3 years
» Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza (DAPP) are first administered at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age
• Dogs then receive a booster vaccine 1 year later and then every three years
» Rabies vaccines are first administered at 12 weeks of age or older
• The next Rabies vaccine is good for 3 years only if it is given within 9-12 months after the first Rabies vaccine
• All Bacterial Bacterins vaccinations need to be given every year
» Bacterial Bacterins including Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordatella are administered either once or twice initially, depending on the vaccine, and then repeated yearly

» Bacterins give short term immunity and therefore, need to be repeated more frequently in order to remain effective
Recommended Tests
4DX Test
• Blood test for Heartworm disease and 3 tick diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma)
• All dogs should be tested for these 4 diseases
• If a dog tests positive for Lyme, then Lyme vaccines are not administered. Please see our Lyme disease information page for more details on Lyme disease.
• Heartworm test results are only valid on dogs six months of age or older
Heartworm Occult Test
• Blood test for Heartworm disease only
• Recommended annual test beginning at six months of age. * If dog is on heartworm preventative medication year-round, then testing may be done every other year
Fecal Exam
• Microscopic exam of stool for intestinal parasites
• Recommended annually. * If a patient is being admitted to the Hospital for a procedure and has 1) never had a fecal test, or 2) has a history of intestinal parasites, then we also recommend a fecal test at that time