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Should I get my dog vaccinated? Why do it and when to do it

If you're a pet owner, ensuring your dog's health and well-being is likely a top priority. One of the most crucial steps in maintaining your pet’s health is through vaccination. In this blog post, our vets in Concord will discuss why you should vaccinate your dog when to do it, the required shots, potential side effects, and the consequences of not vaccinating.

Why should I vaccinate my dog?

Vaccinations are essential in protecting your dog from various potentially fatal diseases. They work by stimulating your dog's immune system to recognize and combat specific pathogens. This preparation means that if your dog is exposed to these diseases in the future, their immune system can respond more effectively.

Do all dogs need to get vaccinated?

The vaccines for dogs in the Concord area include immunizations to help prevent bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies

According to your veterinarian, the vaccines recommended for your dog will be based on your dog's age, where you live, and your dog's lifestyle.

Dog Vaccine Schedule from Puppies to 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

  • 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 taken. The reason for this is usually a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

German shepherds, various collies, and some sheepdogs have been known to be sensitive to individual vaccinations. It is important to note that your veterinarian will avoid any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

Consequences of Not Vaccinating Your Dog

Failing to vaccinate your dog can lead to severe health risks, including:

  • Increased susceptibility to deadly diseases like parvovirus, distemper, and rabies.
  • Potential legal consequences in areas where rabies vaccination is mandatory.
  • Higher risk of spreading diseases to other pets and even humans.
Unvaccinated dogs are more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, leading to expensive treatments and, in worst-case scenarios, death.

The Bottom Line on Dog Vaccines

Vaccinating your dog is a critical component of responsible pet ownership. It safeguards your pet against numerous diseases, ensures their longevity, and contributes to public health safety.

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.

To book your dog's annual vaccinations or your puppy's shots, contact our Concord vets at Four Corners Veterinary Hospital. We can help you to give your puppy their very best start in life.

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