animals & pet care

What vaccines do dogs need throughout their lifetimes?

Vaccinating your dog is necessary. Not only does it help protect your pet from potentially deadly diseases. It can also help keep other animals and people safe.

The costs can add up but luckily, you can find pet insurance that covers vaccines. Keep reading to find out what vaccines dogs need.


Parvovirus vaccine

Parvovirus is a deadly virus that affects dogs. The virus can cause extensive damage to the dog’s intestinal tract and can be fatal. There is no cure for the virus but there is a shot available that can help protect dogs from becoming infected. The vaccine is given as a series of three injections and it is important to make sure that all of the doses are given for it to be effective.

Dogs should receive their first dose of the Parvo shot when they are six weeks old and then receive booster shots every two or three weeks until they are sixteen weeks old. After that, dogs should receive one booster shot per year.


Rabies vaccine

There are a number of different rabies shots available for dogs. The most common type of rabies vaccine is the killed virus vaccine. This is made from dead viruses that have been weakened so they can’t cause disease. Killed virus vaccines are very safe and effective.

The second type of rabies shot is a recombinant vaccine. This vaccine uses pieces of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from the virus to help the body make an immune response. Recombinant vaccines are also very safe and effective.

The final type of rabies shot is a live attenuated vaccine. This is a weakened form of the virus that can’t cause disease. Live attenuated vaccines are not as common as the other types but they are just as safe and effective.

All dogs should receive at least one dose of rabies vaccine but some states may require more than one dose depending on where you live. Dogs who are going to be boarded or groomed or who will be in contact with animals other than their own pets should receive a booster vaccination every three years.


Lyme disease vaccine

The Lyme disease vaccine is a shot that helps protect dogs from getting Lyme disease. This bacterial infection can cause lameness, fever and even death in severe cases.

The Lyme disease shot is given as a series of two or three shots depending on the brand of shot used. It should be given to all dogs at risk for exposure to the bacteria, including those who live in tick-infested areas.


Distemper vaccine

Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect all dog breeds and age groups. The virus can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild fever and sneezing to pneumonia, seizures and death and it is spread through the air, through contact with infected saliva, urine, feces, or through contact with contaminated surfaces. There is no cure for the condition and it is often fatal.

The distemper vaccine is the best way to protect your dog from this deadly disease. The vaccine is very effective and most dogs will develop immunity after receiving just one dose. However, puppies who are not yet fully vaccinated may still be at risk, so it is important to keep your puppy up to date on his vaccinations.

If your dog has not been vaccinated against the disease, it is important to get him vaccinated as soon as possible. The shot is available as a single injection or as a series of three injections. The single injection is typically given to puppies while the three-injection series is given to older dogs.

Overall, vaccines are an important part of a dog’s health. They help protect dogs from diseases and keep them healthy. Dogs should receive vaccines throughout their lives to protect them from disease.

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