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The Columbia Pomeranian Club of Portland, Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exhibiting and breeding of purebred Pomeranians, and to the betterment of the breed.  


Portland, Oregon
Established 1953

Diseases and Vaccinations

This page contains some information on vaccinations for the Pomeranian breed.  This is for your information only, our club is in no way offering medical advice of any kind, please see your Vet for that. 

Adenovirus: Also know as infectious hepatitis.  A viral disease that affects the liver and cells lining the blood vessels causing high fever, thirst, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, liver damage, and hemorrhage.

Coronavirus:  A highly contagious viral infection of the gastrointestinal tract.  Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, high fever and dehydration.

Distemper:  A highly contagious, often fatal virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems.  Generally this virus spreads as an airborne infection so vaccination is the only effective control.

Leptospirosis:  An extremely contagious disease that spreads through contact with nasal secretions, urine or saliva of infected animals and can affect humans as well.  The ailment causes inflamed kidneys, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.  Liver damage can also occur.

Parvovirus:  A common and deadly viral infection whose symptoms include diarrhea, fever and vomiting.  Parvovirus can kill puppies very quickly.

Parainfluenza:  This virus is one of a number of infectious agents that cause what is often called “kennel cough.”  The disease is highly contagious and attacks the respiratory system.

Rabies:  A fatal infection of the central nervous system that affects all mammals, especially raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, domestic dogs and cats and humans.  Since rabies poses a serious public health threat it is imperative that your puppy be vaccinated.  Most states require it.


Any good health program for your puppy should be determined by your veterinarian,
here is a suggested time table offered by http://www.dvmvac.com 
CANINE Core Vaccines


Puppy Schedule


Estimated Minimum Duration of Immunity

Distemper (MLV)


r Distemper (recombinant)

6-8 weeks, and
9-11 weeks, and
12-14 weeks.
1 year following the last dose. 
Then…every 3 years thereafter 
with either the MLV vaccine or Recombinant.
> 7 years (MLV)
Parvovirus (MLV) 6-8 weeks, and
9-11 weeks, and
12-14 weeks.
1 year following the last dose.  Then…every 3 years thereafter > 7 years
Adenovirus-2 6-8 weeks, and
9-11 weeks, and
12-14 weeks.
Every 3 years
Annually if given 
w/ B. bronchiseptica
> 7 years
Rabies (killed) 1st dose as early as 
3 months followed by 
a 2nd dose 1 year later.
 Every 3 years 
as required by 
State or local statute.
> 3 years

CANINE Non-Core (Optional)


Puppy Schedule


Estimated Minimum Duration of Immunity

[IN or P]
6-8 weeks, and
9-11 weeks, and
12-14 weeks.
Every 3 years
Annually if given 
 w/ B. bronchiseptica.
> 3 years 
Bordetella bronchiseptica 
6-8 weeks, and
10-12 weeks..
Annually < 1 year
Lyme borreliosis
(for both the 
recombinant OspA 
killed bacterin) 
9 weeks, and
11-13 weeks.
Annually 1 year
(all 4 serovars)
L. canicola
L. icterohemorrhagiae
L. pomona
L. grippotyphosa
12 weeks (earliest), and14-16 weeks.  Annually < 1 year
Distemper-Measles One dose between 
4 and 12 weeks of age only to be followed by 
the MLV or rDistemper vaccine
Not indicated
for use in dogs over
12 weeks of age.
Not applicable

CANINE Vaccines-Not Recommended



Coronavirus (killed)
Coronavirus (MLV)

Both products have a good safety profile but lack demonstrated efficacy in challenge studies.

Giardia lamblia  (killed) 

Product does not prevent infection, only reduction of shedding. 

Emphasis should be placed on eliminating source of infection rather than vaccination.

(also known as the canine hepatitis vaccine) 

Vaccine is still sold in the US (mostly through OTC markets such as catalogues and pet web sites). 

Vaccine is known to cause corneal edema (sometimes permanent),aka “hepatitis blue-eye” and has been associated with 
immune-mediated nephritis. 


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