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Should I Get My Dog Vaccinated; Why Do It & When to Do It

Should I Get My Dog Vaccinated; Why Do It & When to Do It

Annual vaccinations from our Gillette vets are typically far less painful for your dog than the diseases these vaccines protect against. Below we share reasons why you should have your dog vaccinated and provide you with a handy schedule for your dog's shots.

The Importance of Vaccinating Your Dog

Dog vaccines protect your pet against a host of serious and deadly diseases that could threaten the life of your pet.

While getting your dog vaccinated may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, your dog's shots are likely to cost far less than treatment for the illnesses vaccines protect against.

Legally most states require a minimum of a valid Rabies shot and failure to do so can result in heavy fines.

Not All Dogs Need All Vaccines

The vaccines recommended for dogs commonly include immunizations to help prevent bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

Your vet will be able to recommend the vaccines which are most appropriate for your dog based on your dog's age, where you live, and your dog's lifestyle.

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks
  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
10 - 12 Weeks
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • DHPP Shot 2
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
14 - 16 Weeks
  • DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule

Annually
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
Every 3 Years
  • DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: This vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to find out more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Possible Side Effects of Dog Vaccines

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

Your vet can skip any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

In Conclusion

Vaccinations are a key element of your dog's preventive health care. By taking your dog in for their shots early in life, then regularly as they move through adulthood, you give your canine companion the very best chance of living a long and healthy life.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Time for your dog's annual vaccinations or your puppy's shots? Contact Red Hills Veterinary Hospital today and book an appointment to see our vets. 

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