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DHPP Vaccination Protocol Change

December 1, 2016

Dear Goodison Veterinary Center Canine-Owning Clientele,

We are constantly striving to offer the best care for your canine companion. As a result, we frequently review our practices and procedures. After consideration of the most current medical information, we have decided that it is appropriate to adjust our canine vaccination protocol with respect to the DHLPP vaccine.

The DHLPP vaccine is a 5-way vaccination protecting against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. It is recommended for all dogs and up until now, has been an annual vaccination. Recent research suggests that in adult dogs, boosters of the DHPP component of the DHLPP vaccine provide protection for longer than one year, so we are adjusting accordingly to optimize your pet's health.

Starting in 2017, we will be transitioning all of our canine patients from a 1-year to a 3-year DHPP vaccine protocol. The L component (leptospirosis) still needs to be given annually to be effective.

This is in accordance with vaccination guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and we are confident that the change is in the best interest of your pet.

You can find more information by referencing the FAQ's listed in the News section or simply click here. Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to answer any further questions you may have. Thank you for partnering with us to improve the health of your canine companion!


The Doctors and Staff of the Goodison Veterinary Center