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Why should I get my dog vaccinated?

Why should I get my dog vaccinated?

Our Windsor vets understand that repeated appointments for your dog's vaccines and booster shots can be inconvenient, but keeping your dog's shots up-to-date is the best way to protect your pup against some serious and potentially deadly diseases.

Why Get Your Dog Vaccinated

Just like vaccines that have been designed for people, dog vaccinations help to protect your pet against a host of serious diseases that could threaten the life of your dog.

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

The Right Vaccines For Your Dog's Lifestyle

The vaccinations recommended for dogs in the Windsor area include immunizations to help protect against bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

Not all dogs require every vaccine that is available. Your vet will be able to recommend the best vaccines for your dog based on your their age, where you live, and your dog's lifestyle.

When to Get Your Puppy or Adult Dog Vaccinated

Essential 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

Ongoing 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 From Dog Vaccines

Although it's relatively rare, some dogs do have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. In most cases side effects are very mild and pass quickly.

Different breeds have been known to react to particular ingredients. German shepherds, various collies, and some sheepdogs are known to be sensitive to individual vaccinations. Your vet will skip any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

If you're concerned about your dog's risk of an allergic reaction to getting their shots, speak to your vet. 

The Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a key element of your dog's preventive health care. By taking your dog in for his/her shots early in life, then regularly as they move through adulthood, you give your furry friend 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.

Is it time for your dog's annual vaccinations? Contact New England Veterinary Center & Cancer Care today to book a vaccine appointment for your four-legged friend.

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