Learn All About Your Dog’s Vaccinations

Learn All About Your Dog’s Vaccinations

August is Immunization Awareness Month. What better time of year to learn more about your dog’s vaccinations? It’s an essential part of your canine companion’s healthcare! Your Teller County, CO veterinarian tells you more below.

How Do Vaccinations Work, Exactly?

Vaccines work by introducing what’s called an antigen to your dog’s immune system. Your dog’s system recognizes the antigen as a disease and responds by developing natural antibodies. This way, if the real disease ever afflicts your dog later in life, the immune system is prepared to recognize the problem and either lessen the symptoms or fight it off entirely.

What Vaccines Does My Pooch Need?

Most dogs are required to get the core vaccinations early on in life. These are so named because they’re considered essential for all dogs, based on the dangerous and/or contagious nature of the diseases they work to prevent. Examples of the core vaccines include those that protect against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. These shots are often given together in a batch, and they’ll require booster shots over the years to keep them effective. Booster shots might be given every year, or in multiple-year increments, depending on the vaccine itself and your dog’s needs. You’ll be able to set up a vaccination schedule with your veterinarian that works for you and your dog.

There are also non-core vaccines, which aren’t given to every dog but may help some based on factors like exposure risk, environment, and others. The Bordetella vaccine is one example; the Bordetella virus causes kennel cough, so a dog that will likely be boarded later in life may benefit greatly from the Bordetella vaccination.

Consult your veterinarian to find out precisely which core and non-core vaccines your dog should have.

Are There Risks Involved?

On the whole, vaccination is a virtually harmless healthcare step and is recommended for almost every dog. There is a small chance of side effects, including minor symptoms like low-grade fever, muscle soreness, or minor allergic reactions. Call your veterinarian right away if you think your dog is having a bad reaction after getting vaccinated.

How Do I Get My Dog the Necessary Vaccines?

Do you want more information on the vaccinations your dog needs? Is your canine companion in need of vaccines for a lifetime of protection against disease? We’re here to help, so set up an appointment today with your Teller County, CO animal hospital.

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