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When it comes to taking care of your dog, it’s not enough that we give them food, shelter and the affection that they need. It is also crucial that we pay attention to their health. This includes the administration of vaccines appropriate for your dog’s current age and lifestyle.

Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, know what vaccines are out there and make the decision best for your best friend.

What is a vaccination?

By definition, a vaccination is the process or act of giving someone a vaccine. The vaccine, meanwhile, can improve your pet’s immunity to a particular disease.

How do they work?

Once your pet is vaccinated, an infectious agent signals the body’s immune system to recognize it as a foreign microorganism. This will make the immune system easily remember and fight them in case they get exposed to any kind of these agents in the future.

Why are they important?

Puppy core vaccines are scheduled at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age. Core vaccines can protect your puppy from distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus parainfluenza and leptospirosis.

Rabies vaccines are scheduled at 10-12 weeks of age with a follow-up shot annually or every 3 years depending on different factors such as your dog’s age, city/state requirements and/or day care requirements. Additionally, a booster for DHPP (distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) must be given every 1-2 years.

Remember to consult a veterinarian regarding your dog’s vaccinations.

According to Canine Journal, here are a list of things to consider discussing with your veterinarian re vaccination:

  1. Age
  2. Number of shots
  3. Dog size
  4. Allergies
  5. Breed
  6. Medical history
  7. Overall health