Yay! As lifelong pet parents ourselves, we know how precious it is to bring home an adorable puppy. Congratulations on starting an exciting journey with a new loyal companion! We understand that life gets busy, especially for a new pet owner, and we’re here to help you get all the bases covered with your pet’s medical care. Getting them vaccinated is one of the most important components of keeping your puppy healthy now and all throughout their life. To learn more about our vaccination services for puppies and dogs, simply call us at 416-481-1127.
What happens if my puppy is not vaccinated?
Unvaccinated pets are vulnerable to dozens of serious and lethal conditions such as rabies, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, hepatitis, canine influenza and so much more. Other pets in your home and community will also be vulnerable, as your pet will be more likely to spread these diseases to others. Vaccines are a convenient and cost-effective way to keep your pet as healthy as possible.
When should puppies be vaccinated?
Generally speaking, puppies receive their first round of vaccines when they are about 6 to 8-weeks-old. They will need to be vaccinated once every 3 weeks until they are about 4-months-old. At this point, they would have completed their “puppy round” of vaccines. Afterwards, adult dogs will need booster shots once every year or once every 3 years all their lives to stay protected and immune against various diseases.
What types of vaccines do dogs need?
Vaccines fall into two groups: core and non-core. Core vaccines are mandatory for all dogs. Some, such as the Rabies vaccine, are even mandated by law. Examples of core vaccines are those that protect against Parpovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis. Non-core vaccines are optional and recommended by the vet based on your pet’s specific situation (e.g. where you live, your lifestyle). Examples of non-core vaccines are those that protect against Lyme disease and Canine Influenza.