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

Our Bartlett vets understand that repeated appointments for your dog's vaccinations, and boosters may seem inconvenient, but following the vaccination schedule below is the best way for you to protect your canine friend from a host of serious and potentially deadly diseases.


Should you get your dog vaccinated?

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

While getting your dog vaccinated may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, your dogs shots are likely to cost far less than treatment for the illnesses vaccines protect against.

Does my dog need all of the available vaccines?

The vaccines recommended for dogs in the Bartlett area include immunizations to help prevent bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

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.

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

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.

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.

If your dog or puppy is due for their shots, contact our Bartlett vets today to get started.

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