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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

As a responsible owner and pet parent, getting your pet vaccinated is an absolute must. Vaccines are the most convenient and affordable way to protect your pet from dangerous diseases and infections that have the potential to be life-threatening. With all of the information and options out there, we understand that it can be overwhelming to understand the role that vaccines play in your pet’s life. Our team will be here to guide you through this aspect of your furry friend’s health, and answer any questions you may have.


Vaccinations for puppies

When should my puppy get their first vaccine?

The ideal time for puppies to get their first vaccines are when they are between 6 to 8-weeks-old. After their first shot, puppies usually get 2 booster shots, 4 weeks apart. When they are roughly 4-months-old, they usually receive the final vaccine of their “first round”. This series of vaccinations will provide a solid framework for a strong immunity as they move onto the later stages of their life.

Are vaccines for puppies required by law?

Yes. There are certain vaccinations – such as the one to protect against rabies – that are required by various law-giving bodies all over the world. This, aside from the health benefits, are another reason why it’s important to stay updated on your pet’s vaccinations. Rabies, for example, is particularly harmful as it can be transferred from pets to humans.

What should I expect after my puppy gets their vaccine?

Most puppies walk away from their first vaccine injections with zero reactions. Any adverse side effects of vaccines are usually mild, and will subside within a matter of days. Some puppies may be lethargic after their shot, they may have decreased appetite, some may start to sneeze and cough, while a swelling at the injection site may be seen in others. If these symptoms occur for longer than 48 hours, please contact our team immediately. Again, these are very rare cases and most puppies experience none of them.

When can I take my puppy outside/outdoors?

For the utmost protection, it is often recommended that you refrain from taking your precious puppy outdoors, or anywhere they may come into contact with other animals (e.g. pet stores, playgroups, kennels) until after they have completed their first round of vaccines.

Vaccinations for dogs

What vaccines do dogs need?

Even after getting their vaccine injections in puppyhood, dogs need to continue getting vaccinated all throughout their life. Certain vaccines are required by law or referred to by us in the veterinary field as “core vaccines” while others are optional, and can be prescribed depending on you and your pet’s lifestyle and environment. Below are some of the vaccines that adult dogs typically receive.

  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus
  • Bordetella
  • Lyme disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • How often should dogs get their vaccines?

    The schedule for subsequent vaccine injections depends on the specific vaccine in question. There are vaccines, for example, that only need to be taken every 3 years. These are usually formulations of vaccines against rabies, hepatitis, parvovirus and distemper. During your pet’s regular check-ups, our team will make sure that they do not fall behind on their vaccine schedule.

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