Vaccines for the Puppy and Older Dog in Your Life

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Vaccines for the Puppy and Older Dog in Your Life

Wouldn’t it be great if you could give your puppy an all-in-one shot that would last his entire life? Unfortunately, that is just not possible. Immune systems change, especially when it comes to puppies. The world of vaccines can be confusing and complicated, to put it lightly.

When Should You Get Shots?

When it comes to getting injections for your puppy or grown dog, timing is everything. If you want to maneuver through the world of medicine without stumbling, the information below may help. Don’t hesitate to talk to your vet if you have any questions.

6-8 Weeks

  • Bordetella
  • Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Distemper

 

10-12 Weeks

  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Coronavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis

 

14-16 Weeks

  • Lyme
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza

 

Annually

  • Distemper
  • Rabies (required by law)
  • Bordetella
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Hepatitis

 

Every 3 Years

  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hepatitis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Distemper

 

Remember – every dog is different. Before you prep him for a vaccine, consider the following:

  • Age
  • Medical history. If you adopted your dog as an adult, you might not have this information at your disposal.
  • Size
  • Breed
  • Allergies
  • Number of shots he has had
  • Overall health

 

Are These Shots Really Necessary?

You don’t like to place your dog in uncomfortable situations and put a strain on your wallet. That is understandable. So does your dog truly need to get all of these? Only you and your vet know the answer to this question. Do what is best for your dog and take whatever steps you can to keep him happy and healthy. If you have a pet sitter, tell her about your situation, as well. She may be able to offer insight.

 

 

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