Vet Info for Pet Parents

FAQ About Puppy Vaccinations

Did your loved one's dog have a large litter of puppies and you decided to take one home as your pet? Although puppies are cute and cuddly, owning one comes with an array of responsibilities that you must be aware of. If you have never owned a puppy before, the most important thing that you must learn is how to keep your pet healthy. Other than feeding and bathing your pet, you will need to make sure he or she receives vaccinations, as several shots will be needed as he or she grows older. Finding a veterinarian to give your pet occasional health checkups is the wisest way to keep up with vaccinations and general health care.

Do All Puppies Need the Same Vaccines?

The reason it is important to take your puppy to a veterinarian as soon as possible is that the vaccination schedule can vary depending on the breed of your pet. Certain dog breeds might need a specific vaccine at a younger age than another breed. The types of vaccinations that your pet needs can vary as well depending on several factors. If your puppy is around other animals, a veterinarian might suggest specific vaccines based on the types of viruses and diseases the other animals are known for contracting. For example, it might be suggested that you get your puppy vaccinated for rabies or bordetella.

Does Getting a Puppy Vaccinated Come with Risks?

There are risks involved with getting your puppy vaccinated, and the risks can vary between various vaccines. However, you can rest assured that the risks involved are minor and should not cause your pet to experience severe complications. For example, your puppy might feel slight discomfort in the area where the vaccine is injected, which should not last more than a few days at most. In some cases, puppies lose interest in eating food for a brief period after a vaccine has been administered. A veterinarian will tell you how to care for your pet after he or she has been vaccinated and what to expect.

Are Vaccinations Necessary When a Puppy Gets Older?

The majority of vaccinations for dogs are administered during the puppy stages. However, your dog will need additional vaccinations as he or she grows older. The duration between receiving vaccinations depends on the types of vaccines that are administered. The reason is that certain vaccines have a shorter immunity period than others.

Reach out to a vet to learn more about pet vaccinations.