January 9, 2023 by Pinnacle Vet Clinic
Keeping your dog up to date on vaccinations is important for several reasons. Vaccinations can protect your dog from many serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. These diseases can be spread from dog to dog, and some can even be transmitted to humans. By ensuring that your dog is properly vaccinated, you can help to prevent the spread of these diseases and keep your dog healthy. In addition, many places, such as dog parks and kennels, require that dogs be up to date on their vaccinations to participate in activities or stay overnight. Finally, vaccinations are usually relatively inexpensive and can be administered by your veterinarian, making it easy to keep your dog up to date on this important preventive measure.
There are a number of diseases that can be prevented through vaccination. These diseases can vary depending on where you live and your dog’s lifestyle, but some common diseases that vaccines can protect against include:
Your veterinarian can help you determine which vaccines are appropriate for your dog based on age, breed, lifestyle, and other factors.
The vaccination schedule for dogs can vary depending on the specific vaccines and the dog’s age. In general, puppies should receive a series of vaccines starting at around 6-8 weeks of age and continuing every 3-4 weeks until they are 16-18 weeks old. These vaccines may include a combination vaccine that protects against several diseases, as well as individual vaccines for diseases such as rabies. After the initial puppy series, most dogs will need booster vaccines every 1-3 years, depending on the specific vaccine and the dog’s risk of exposure to the disease. Your veterinarian can help you determine the specific vaccination schedule that is right for your dog. It’s important to follow the recommended schedule to ensure your dog is adequately protected against these serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
For additional information on canine vaccination schedules, visit the AKC website, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.