Northwest Veterinary Hospital

3817 Dry Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78731


Annual Exam and Vaccines for your Dog

Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's care. There are many diseases that your pet will not have a natural immunity to. The diseases that we vaccinate against can be deadly, and very costly to treat. Since each pet's environment can be different, we tailor your dog's vaccines depending on your situation.

Annual Visit and Vaccines for your dog:

Exams are important to do before any vaccines are given since an illness or disease can decrease your pet's immunity and cause the vaccine to not take the full effect. See our Exams section to find out everything that is included.

Rabies vaccines are required for all animals by law in the State of Texas. The City of Austin also has regulations that affect pets. Dogs receive an initial one year vaccine, a three-year booster the following year, and are re-vaccinated for Rabies every three years thereafter. You will receive a rabies tag that we recommend keeping on your dog's collar. We have had many happy reunions of found dogs to their owners by searching our database for the pet's rabies tag number.

  • Although the risk of your pet contracting the rabies virus is low, there is a personal liability issue involved. If your pet should ever bite or scratch someone, however slight, you might be required to house them in quarantine for 10 days if they are not current on the rabies vaccine. This could be quite expensive, and traumatic for your dog. Even if your pet is older or infirm, talk to your vet about keeping up with this vaccine.Rabies tag
  • Distemper Combination Vaccine -consists of all or part of these components:
  • Parvovirus - This is a highly common and extremely contagious intestinal virus that is often fatal in puppies and immunodeficient   dogs.
  • Distemper - Another highly contagious respiratory virus that affects mostly puppies. It can be fatal, and often results in life-long side effects even when successfully treated.
  • Viral Hepatitis - A virus that attacks the liver and kidneys. It can be fatal, especially in puppies.Types of Distemper vaccines
  • Leptospirosis - A bacterial infection damaging the liver and kidneys that can be transmitted to humans. 
  • Coronavirus - This virus can cause diarrhea, and may complicate parvovirus infections.
  • These last 5 vaccines can be combined in different ways to suit each dog's situation.
  •  Heartworm Test is a quick test for the silent killer, heartworm disease. A blood sample is taken and then tested using a quick "snap" test. We should have the test results in about 15 minutes. In some cases, it might be sent to an outside lab. 

    Whipworms eggs under the microscope Fecal (stool) Test requires a fresh stool sample we can often get from your pet while here. We add a saline solution to it, letting the solution sit with a microscope slide on top, and check for intestinal parasites by viewing the slide under the microscope. That is the fecal float test, so-called bacuse if there are any parasite eggs, they will "float" up to the surface.

    The direct fecal smear does not require any saline and can help see bacteria or parasites not seen on the float test. We take about an eight of a teaspoon of feces and smear it onto a microscope slide, then view it under the microscope. We would rather get a sample that is 1 hour or so old. You can bring in a sample yourself or we can use the plastic rod (known as a fecal loop) to get a sample at your visit. Both of these test take about 10 minutes to run.

    Other Vaccines to consider

  •  Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - Bordetella Bronchiseptica is one of the most common causes of Kennel Cough, an upper respiratory infection that is highly contagious. We require it for boarding, as do most boarding kennels. It isn't considered life-threatening, but it causes a hoarse cough that could keep your dog, and you, up at night for weeks. Luckily, we have 2 kinds of this vaccine, one of which can be squirted into the nose instead of an injection.
  •  No ticks!  Lyme Vaccine -  Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease spread by ticks that can cause arthritis and other problems such as kidney disease. There is no vaccine for people yet, but we have one for dogs. Put this on your to-do list if you take your dog camping, hunting, or are in an area where ticks are a problem. The first vaccine needs to be followed by a booster injection 3 weeks later, then the protection lasts a year.

    Rattlesnake! Rattlesnake Vaccine - Any dog over four months of age that is exposed to rattlesnakes whether at home, walking, hiking, camping, hunting, or elsewhere might be a good candidate for the rattlesnake vaccine. Rattlesnake bites are about 25 times more fatal in dogs than in humans. Even dogs that survive the bite can be permanently damaged. The first vaccine needs to be followed by a booster injection 3 weeks later, then the protection lasts a year.

    Good idea!Be sure and tell us if your pet ever seemed ill after a vacination. We will flag your record so that we can take steps next year to minimize a reaction. Symptoms can be soreness, lethargy or even more severe symptoms.