What Vaccinations Does Your Puppy Need and When?

What Vaccinations Does Your Puppy Need and When?

Our team of veterinarians in West Chester know that repeating appointments to get your puppy vaccinated and have their boosters administered may seem pretty inconvenient, but following your dog's vaccination schedule is incredibly important. This goes doubly for young puppies who are getting their first vaccinations. 

Why Should You Get Your Dog Vaccinated?

Just like the case of vaccines designed for use by people, vaccines for dogs in the West Chester area help to protect your pet from a huge variety of serious, and even fatal, diseases that can spread like wildfire between unvaccinated dogs. 

While it may seem inconvenient (and even a bit expensive) to bring your new puppy into your vet's office frequently throughout their first year, your puppy's first vaccinations and their renewals each year are critical to protecting them from illness and setting them up for long, healthy and happy lives. 

What Illnesses Are Addressed by My Dog's Shots?

The vaccines recommended for puppies and adult dogs in the West Chester area help prevent and reduce the severity of illnesses like parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, bordetella and rabies. 

Our vets will be able to recommend a set of vaccinations that are the most appropriate for your dog based on their age, the area you live, your dog's lifestyle and other factors. 

Dog Vaccine Schedule

The following is the schedule of vaccinations recommended for your puppy during their first few months and the booster shots required for an adult dog throughout their life. By following these schedules of puppy shots and adult dog vaccine boosters, our vets firmly believe that you will be giving your beloved canine companion their best shot at good health and well-being all throughout their life. 

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
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
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
Every 3 Years
  • *DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: this vaccine protects your dog against a combination of illnesses: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza.

Age Restrictions

Ask your vet to find out more about what vaccines are appropriate for your dog when they are still a puppy. Depending on your pet's age, their immune system may not be strong enough to effectively be boosted by all shots. 

Possible Vaccine Side Effects in Puppies

Side effects of vaccines are quite common, including cold-like symptoms, mild fevers or lethargy. These are all signs that your puppy or adult dog is having an appropriate reaction to the vaccine.

However, some dogs may have serious allergic reactions to getting their shots. This is generally because of sensitivity to a specific ingredient in a vaccine. These reactions are not standard to breed or vaccine and may depend on your dog—although certain breeds can be predisposed to allergies to certain vaccines. 

Some breeds like collies, sheepdogs and German Shepherds are known to be predisposed to more significant reactions to some vaccines. Your vet will be sure to skip any vaccines that your dog may be sensitive or allergic to.

If your dog does have a reaction to a vaccination, take them into your vet as soon as possible and make note of the kind of vaccination they received. This will be important information to keep on hand if you move or switch vets in the future. 

The Importance of Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the cornerstone of your puppy's preventative health care.

By bringing your dog in for their shots early in their life, you are setting them up to rests serious diseases that may prey on them while their immune systems are still developing. And then, by continuing this practice into their adult life, you help ensure that they avoid serious health issues all throughout their life. 

Maintaining the schedule of vaccinations recommended by our West Chester vets will not only protect your pup's health but will help to save you time and money in the long run by avoiding more serious veterinary visits (or even emergencies) in the future.

Preventive treatments for disease are nearly always less expensive and time-consuming than treatments for them in their advanced stages.

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.

Is it time to bring your puppy in for their first round of vaccinations? Our compassionate and expert vets at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center are passionate about preventative veterinary care as a means of improving your dog's long-term health. Contact us today

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