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Should I get my dog vaccinated?

Should I get my dog vaccinated?

While it may seem inconvenient to make so many vet visits with your new puppy, vaccinations provide critical protection for your pup against a host of serious, often deadly, diseases. Here, our Capitola vets explain more about when and why you should vaccinate your pup. 

Vaccines for Puppies & Dogs

Vaccinations are designed to protect your dog against a wide range of serious, often highly contagious, diseases that could threaten your pet's wellbeing. 

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.

Does my dog need all of the available vaccines?

All dogs should receive what are considered to be the core vaccinations. These can differ based on your location but typically include the DHPP vaccine, which protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus, and the rabies vaccine. Many states, including California, have laws that mandate the rabies vaccine to protect your dog and the community from this serious disease. 

Optional vaccines may be recommended based on your dog's unique needs. For example, the bordetella vaccine is recommended for dogs that are frequently in social situations, such as boarding facilities or dog shows. 

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.

Puppy & Dog Vaccine Schedule

While your puppy's shot schedule may differ based on individual requirements, this is a typical example of a dog vaccination schedule:

6 - 8 Weeks
  • *DHPP Shot 1
10 - 12 Weeks
  • DHPP Shot 2
  • Leptospirosis (Optional)
  • Bordetella (Optional)
14 - 16 Weeks
  • DHPP Shot 3
  • Rabies
  • Leptospirosis Shot 2 (Optional)
  • Bordetella Shot 2 (Optional)
1 Year
  • Booster: DHPP
  • Booster: Rabies
  • Booster: Leptospirosis
  • Booster: Bordetella
Every 3 Years
  • Booster: DHPP
  • Booster: Rabies

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

Are there any possible side effects to dog vaccinations?

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.

German shepherds, various collies, and some sheepdogs are known to be sensitive to individual vaccinations. Your vet will be able to advise you on the risks of vaccinations and whether there are any vaccines your dog should not receive. 

The Importance of Vaccinations

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 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 your dog due for a routine vaccination? Contact our Capitola vets today to book an appointment and protect your pup against serious illness. 

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