Vaccinations for Your Puppy

Have you recently brought home a puppy? Thinking of adopting one soon? Your new addition will need vaccinations for a happy, healthy life! Below, your Greenwood, IN vet goes over the basics of vaccinations for puppies.

What Vaccines Does My Puppy Need?

Your puppy will require the core vaccinations, which are considered necessary for just about every dog. Core vaccines are so named because of the dangerous and/or contagious nature of the diseases they protect against; distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, and rabies are just a few examples! For more information on the core vaccinations your dog needs, call your vet’s office.

How About Non-Core Vaccines?

There are also non-core vaccines available for puppies; as you’ve probably guessed, they’re not necessary for all dogs. They do benefit some puppies, though, based on things like risk of exposure, environment, and other factors. The Bordetella virus vaccine is one example—the Bordetella virus causes kennel cough, so this vaccine may be helpful for a puppy who will be boarded frequently later in life.

Would you like to know more about non-core vaccines and whether or not your dog might benefit from them? Contact your veterinarian’s office today to speak with the professionals.

Is There Any Risk Involved?

Since vaccines introduce a small strain of a virus to your dog’s immune system, there is some chance of side effects. These symptoms are usually quite minor, though—your dog may experience a low-grade fever or general muscle soreness. Typically, such symptoms will disappear on their own after a few days, but let your veterinarian know if you think your puppy is suffering after receiving a vaccination. Your vet will be able to help your dog feel more comfortable while getting used to his vaccines.

Does My Puppy Need Booster Shots?

Many vaccines do require booster shots to remain effective over the course of your puppy’s lifetime. These may be given yearly or in multi-year increments; ask your veterinarian for specifics. Most dog owners choose to have their pooch’s vaccinations updated as necessary at one of their bi-annual veterinary checkups.

How Do I Get Started?

Do you have more questions about the particular vaccinations your puppy requires, or about the scheduling of vaccinations and booster shots? We are here to help get your canine companion started off on the road to a lifetime of great health. Schedule an appointment today to see your Greenwood, IN veterinarian.

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