As is the case with humans, getting your pets vaccinated is an important part of keeping them healthy. If your dog hasn't had its vaccinations yet, visit us at Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, NM.
The most important time to get your dog vaccinated is when he’s still a puppy. Core vaccines are vaccines that are given to all dogs, which includes DHP (or DAP) and rabies vaccinations. Your puppy should receive the DHP vaccine at 8, 12 and 16 weeks, and the rabies vaccine at 14 weeks.
There are also a number of non-core vaccinations that you should get for your puppy. You don't generally need to worry about parainfluenza since it's often combined with the DHP vaccine. A leptospirosis vaccine is a good idea if that wasn't included in your puppy's DHP vaccination. Finally, it's important to vaccinate your dog against bordetella, canine influenza, and Lyme disease.
After you've had your puppy vaccinated, those vaccines need to be refreshed every once in a while. This comes in the form of a vaccine booster, and it's important to know when to get your dogs these boosters. Many vaccines are followed by annual boosters, which means it's crucial that you take your dog visit a veterinarian at least once a year to make sure he’s getting these boosters. Some of the vaccines that need an annual booster include canine influenza and leptospirosis. If your dog hasn't had these vaccination boosters in quite some time, now is a good time to call our vet.
Important Things to Know
It's important to understand the vaccination process and what comes with it before you get your dog vaccinated. While there are some mild risks associated with vaccinating dogs, those side effects are far better than the illnesses that can result from a lack of vaccination. You may also want to space out your puppy's vaccinations as much as possible for their comfort. There's no problem with spacing out vaccinations as long as you make sure your puppy is getting the shots they need when they need them.
Schedule an Appointment Today
From the moment you first pick up your puppy, you're responsible for so many things. The good news is, dog vaccinations are one of the many veterinary services we offer at Arrow Animal Hospital. If you recently got a puppy or your dog simply needs a vaccine booster, give Arrow Animal Hospital a call to learn more and schedule a vaccination appointment today.