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Should I get my dog vaccinated?

Should I get my dog vaccinated?

Our vets know that repeated vaccination appointments for your dog as well as boosters each year throughout their life may feel a bit inconvenient. However, following your dog's vaccination schedule is the best way for you to protect your canine companion from a host of both serious a potentially deadly diseases. Here, our Torrance vets explain more. 

Should you get your dog vaccinated?

As with any vaccines that have been designed for people, dog vaccinations help to protect your pooch against a whole host of diseases that may threaten your pet's life. 

While having your dog vaccinated may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, your dog's shots are likely to cost less than treatment for the illnesses that those 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 their 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

Ask your vet to learn more about what vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems aren't eligible for all kinds of 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.

Various kinds of collies, german shepherds and sheepdogs are known to be sensitive to individual kinds of vaccines. Because of this, your vet will skip any vaccines with ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

The Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are critical elements of your dog's preventive health care. By bringing your dog in for their shots early in life and then continuing to do so as they move through adulthood, you give your furry friend their best chance of living a long and healthy life. 

If your dog or puppy is due for their shots, contact Torrance Companion Animal Hospital today to get started.

New patients are always welcome.

We look forward to meeting your precious pet at Torrance Companion Animal Hospital.

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