Why should I follow my dog's vaccine schedule? It seems like such a hassle!

Our Seattle vets understand that repeated appointments for your dog's vaccines and boosters may seem inconvenient, but following the vaccination schedule below is the best way for you to protect your four-legged friend from a host of serious and potentially deadly diseases.

Why You Should Get Your Dog Vaccinated

As with the vaccinations that have been designed for people, dog vaccines protect your pet against a host of serious, often potentially fatal, diseases that are quick to spread between unvaccinated dogs.

While getting your dog shots every year may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, your dog's annual vaccinations are likely to cost far less than treatment for the illnesses vaccines protect against.

Which Shots Does My Dog Need

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

Your vet will be able to recommend the vaccines which are most appropriate for your dog based on your pet's age, where you live, and your dog's lifestyle.

Dog Vaccine Schedule

Below are the recommended schedules for getting your puppy's shots and your adult dog's booster vaccines. By following these schedules we believe that you are giving your pooch their very best chance at a long and healthy life. 

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks

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

10 - 12 Weeks

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

14 - 16 Weeks

  • DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccine Schedule

Annually

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

Every 3 Years

  • DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

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

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to find out more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Possible Vaccine Side Effects

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

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.

The Importance of Vaccinations

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 very best chance of living a long and healthy life. Maintaining a schedule for routine vaccinations for your dog could also save you time and money since treatment for the diseases prevented by these vaccines can be time-consuming and very expensive.

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.

If it's time for your dog or puppy's shots contact our Seattle vets today. Our friendly and reliable vets are passionate about prevention as a way of improving and maintaining the long-term health of Seattle pets. 

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