All dogs – from newborn pups to seniors – need regular vaccinations to stay protected against dozens of harmful conditions and parasites. It may seem overwhelming to figure out which vaccines your pet needs and to stay updated on their vaccination schedule. Do not worry, we are here to help take care of that for you. Call us at 807-939-2616 to learn more about our vaccination services for puppies and dogs.
How early can puppies get vaccines?
Common practice is for puppies to get their initial set of vaccines at 6 to 8-weeks-old. They will need to return to the vet once every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16-weeks-old to complete their puppy series of vaccinations.
What types of vaccines do dogs need?
Vaccines fall into two main categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are considered mandatory for all dogs. Some, like the rabies vaccine, are even mandated by law. Canine distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis are examples of core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are optional and recommended by the vet based on your lifestyle and environment. Those that protect against kennel cough and Lyme disease are examples of non-core vaccines.
Do senior dogs still need vaccines?
Dogs should receive vaccines throughout their life. Some are administered once every year, while others are given once every 3 years. Senior aged pets should continue receiving their vaccines.