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Dog Vaccinations: What To Know

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Dog vaccinations are crucial to protect your dog from many dangerous infections and deadly diseases. Rabies isn’t the only disease that is prevented with vaccines. Unfortunately, even in today’s age, many people are sceptic when it comes to vaccines. However, when it comes to your dog — it would be best to put down you tin foil hat. Some lethal diseases can be easily prevented by a simple shot. By being a responsible and educated dog owner you are making sure that your dog is living a long and healthy life.

If you are still feeling unsure if you should vaccinate your dog or not, ask your vet. We are sure that they will be more than happy to give you advice.

Why are dog vaccinations important?

Vaccines contain antigens that will help your dog’s immune system to defend itself from infections. These antigens don’t cause the actual disease, but will activate your dog’s antibodies to be prepared in case of an actual infection. This way, when and if your dog’s gets exposed to the actual diseases, his immune system will be automatically ready to take action. Pretty cool, huh?

What are the core dog vaccinations?

These vaccines are considered to be crucial to all dogs and dog breeds. All canines are at a universal risk of exposure, developing the disease, spreading and transmission of the disease to either dogs or humans. Therefore these vaccines are considered to be core by the The American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force.

Core vaccines include:

  1. Canine Parvovirus
  2. Canine Distemper
  3. Hepatitis
  4. Rabies

Non-core vaccines include:

  1. Bordetella
  2. Canine Influenza
  3. Leptospirosis
  4. Lyme vaccine

However, even though these vaccines aren’t considered core, they are still important. Most dogs are still exposed to these possibly deadly diseases. Ask your vet about the vaccines above and ask them for recommendations. They will know which of these vaccines make sense for your dog.

How long is each vaccine effective?

DHPP – 3 years
Rabies – 3 years
Leptospirosis – 1 year
Canine Influenza – 1 year
Lyme Disease – 1 year
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – 6 months

What are the possible side effects of vaccination?

The first thing that you need to have in mind is — The benefits largely outweigh the risks! Serious side effects of dog vaccinations are very rare! However, it can still occur.

It’s recommended to monitor your dog at home after he gets any kind of vaccine.

Possible side effects include symptoms such as:

  1. Fever
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Swelling or pain around the injection site

Serious side effects include anaphylactic shock, which presents with symptoms such as collapse, dyspnea and seizures.

In most case, however, the symptoms are mild. But if you’re suspicious that your dog is experiencing more severe symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

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