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Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Our team of veterinarians in Rock Springs knows 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 vaccines designed for use by people, vaccines for dogs in the Rock Springs area help to protect your pet from a huge variety of serious, and even fatal, diseases that can spread like wildfire among unvaccinated dogs. 

While bringing your new puppy into your vet's office on a regular basis may appear inconvenient (and even costly) during their first year, your puppy's first vaccinations and annual renewals are critical to protecting them from illness and preparing them 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 Rock Springs area help prevent and treat illnesses such as 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

  • 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

Inquire with your veterinarian about puppy vaccines. Your pet's immune system may not be strong enough to benefit from all of the shots, depending on their age.

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.

Some dogs, however, may experience severe allergic reactions to vaccinations. This is usually due to an allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine. These reactions are not breed- or vaccine-specific, and they may differ depending on your dog, though certain breeds may 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 to or allergic to.

If your dog does have a reaction to a vaccination, take them to 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 vaccinations at a young age, you can aid in preventing them from contracting some serious illnesses that could prey on them while their immune systems are still developing. Then, by carrying on with this routine into adulthood, you can contribute to ensuring that they live long lives free from serious health issues.

Maintaining the schedule of vaccinations recommended by our Rock Springs 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 diseases 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 its first round of vaccinations? Our compassionate and expert vets at Mountainaire Animal Clinic are passionate about preventative veterinary care as a means of improving your dog's long-term health. Contact us today

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