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Core vaccines are fundamental to puppy care, an excellent investment in a lifetime of good health

Services to prevent avoidable and deadly illnesses are core to San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. And core vaccines are fundamental to our focus on prevention and lifelong wellness.

Puppy Core Vaccines in Jacksonville FL Area

Get your puppy off to a healthy start!

 “Core” vaccines are defined by The American Veterinary Medical Association as those designed to protect pets from illnesses that are endemic to a specific geographic area, present severe threats to public health, are legally required, and are highly infectious. These vaccines are recommended explicitly as fundamental to your pet’s health because their effectiveness and safety are well-demonstrated, and the considerable benefits to our furry patients far outweigh the risks. So, their largely universal recommendation to the majority of patients is justified. 

The vaccines themselves are formulated to produce a positive immune response. So, vaccinated pets can then defend themselves against future threats to their health from disease-causing pathogens. Infections may be prevented entirely, or the severity of the disease may be minimized significantly. 

Core puppy vaccines may be recommended for puppies as young as six to eight weeks of age. Recommended vaccines for pups protect against: 

  • Distemper 
  • Adenovirus 
  • Parvovirus 
  • Parainfluenza virus 
  • Rabies 

The first four viruses are commonly referred to as “DAPP.” This combined DAPP vaccination, along with a rabies vaccination, prevents our beloved animal friends from developing many contagious and deadly diseases, and they have protected millions of pets from illness and premature death over the past 100 years as their use became widespread. Additionally, you avoid the trauma and cost of resolving diseases that could have otherwise been prevented. Affordable vaccines are, in turn, a great investment in a long, happy relationship between you and your pup.


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Timing consistency matters

Your pup may receive its rabies vaccination around the age of 12 weeks. We typically begin with a one-year dose, followed by a three-year booster. DAPP vaccines generally occur every three weeks until the 16 to 19-week point, at which time either one or three-year boosters are recommended. 

“Non-core” vaccines may be appropriate for your pet, depending on their exposure to these viruses and risk factors for developing these diseases. Risk factors may include physical exercise or activities that put your pup in potential close contact with infected wildlife or carriers of these diseases. In conversation with you, your puppy may receive non-core vaccinations, including: 

  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme 
  • Bordetella
  • Canine influenza

Getting your pup on a regular schedule of vaccinations is integral to their health, wellness, and quality of life—Call 904-516-9767 to schedule an appointment at San Marco Animal Hospital today.

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Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
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I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
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