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

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

Our Scottsdale vets understand that it may seem time-consuming to bring your dog in for vaccinations and boosters, but following the vaccination schedule here is the best way for you to protect your canine companion from a host of serious, potentially life-threatening diseases. 

Should you get your dog vaccinated? 

Similar to vaccinations for people, dog vaccines guard your pet against a host of serious diseases that can turn life-threatening for your pet.

Getting your dog vaccinated may seem like an unnecessary expense — after all, you keep a close eye on him. However, your dog’s shots will probably cost far less than treatment for the illnesses that could impact your pet if they aren’t protected.

Does my dog need all of the available vaccines?

Vaccines recommended for dogs in the Scottsdale area include immunizations to help prevent distemper, bordetella, rabies, hepatitis and parvovirus.

Your vet can advise you on which vaccines are most appropriate for your dog based on your pup’s age, where you ilve, and your pet’s lifestyle.

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

Puppy Vaccination 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

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

Talk to your vet to learn more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems will not be eligible for all shots.

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 skip any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

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 people or pets. If you are concerned about your pet's health, contact your veterinarian right away for diagnosis and treatment.

Is your dog due for vaccinations? Contact our Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital veterinary team today to book an appointment. Our Scottsdale vets can recommend the best vaccines for your canine companion. 

Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

(480) 391-3699