Vaccination for dogs and puppies

Vaccination is part of standard veterinary care. Whether your dog spends their days trotting down city sidewalks or roaming country fields, it’s important to provide them with adequate protection against the most common diseases and viruses.

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What is the DHPP vaccine?

DHPP is a core vaccine for dogs. It protects against four serious diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza virus.

Are there other vaccines for dogs?

Sometimes the core vaccine is enough, but you might also want to vaccinate your dog against other diseases, depending on your pet’s lifestyle. Your veterinarian might suggest vaccinating your dog against rabies, Leptospirosis, Lyme disease and kennel cough (Bordetella).

How soon should puppies be vaccinated?

The mother’s milk provides antibodies against certain diseases for up to 8 weeks after they’re born. After that, protection wanes and it’s time to start thinking about getting your kitten their first shots. Booster shots are then necessary every four weeks until approximately 16 weeks old to ensure adequate immunization.

Do adult dogs also need booster shots?

Absolutely. Booster shots should be given every one to two years throughout a dog’s life to ensure they are adequately protected. Your veterinarian will advise you on which vaccines your cat needs and when.

What should I do if my cat reacts poorly to vaccination or has serious side effects?

Your veterinarian will tell you if there are any side effects to watch out for. If you’re unsure or worried, you should ask your vet for professional advice as soon as possible.

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