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Dog & Puppy Vaccine Schedules

Dog & Puppy Vaccine Schedules

While it may seem inconvenient to bring your dog to the vet regularly for vaccinations and booster shots, they help your pup stay healthy. Today, our Seymour vets talk about vaccine schedules for puppies and dogs and explain why it's important to vaccinate your pet. 

Why Vaccinating Your Dog Is Important

Just like vaccinations for humans, dog vaccines help keep your furry friend safe against a range of serious, potentially fatal diseases that can spread quickly between unvaccinated dogs.

While it may seem like an unnecessary expense to get your dog vaccinated every year, your dog's annual vaccinations will probably cost less than treating the illnesses the vaccines prevent. 

Knowing Which Shots Your Dog Needs

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

Your vet can tell you which vaccines are the most appropriate for your dog based on their age, location, and lifestyle.

The Vaccine Schedule For Dogs & Puppies

Below we have shared the recommended vaccination and booster shot schedule for puppies and adult dogs. We strongly believe that by following this schedule, you are giving your canine companion the best chance at a long and healthy life.

Puppy Shots & Vaccination Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks

  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Lyme
  • Leptospira
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Bordatella

10 - 12 Weeks

  • DHPP Shot 2
  • Lyme
  • Leptospira
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Rabies

14 - 16 Weeks

  • DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule

Annually

  • Lyme
  • Leptospira
  • Rabies
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Bordatella

Every 3 Years

  • DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: this vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Age Restrictions

Ask your veterinarian which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all of the shots that are detailed above.

Potential Vaccine Side Effects

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to their shots. This is usually due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient in a vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients more often than others.

Breeds including German shepherds, collies, and some sheepdogs are known to be sensitive to individual vaccines. Your veterinarian will skip any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

Protecting Your Dog With Vaccines

Vaccinations are a key element of your dog's preventive health care. By taking your dog in for their shots early in life, then regularly as they move through adulthood, you give your canine companion their best chance at a long and healthy life. Maintaining a schedule of routine vaccinations for your dog could also save you time and money since treating the diseases the vaccines prevent can be time-consuming and very expensive.

At Seymour Veterinary Hospital, we also offer annual wellness plans that include an annual core vaccination, which is a type of vaccination that is recommended for all dogs. They also come with other preventive services such as annual routine wellness exams and heartworm testing, to help ensure your pup can achieve lifelong good health.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Seymour vets today and schedule an appointment if it's time for your dog to get their shots.

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