Should I get my dog vaccinated? Why do it and when to do it

There are many ways that you can help to protect your pet over the course of their life, including with the use of vaccines. These vaccines help to prevent a number of serious conditions. Here, our San Angelo vets offer some information about puppy and dog vaccinations and when they should be administered for the best protection.

Why Pet Vaccinations Are Important

As with the vaccinations that have been designed for people, dog vaccines protect your pet against a host of serious diseases that could threaten the life of your pet.

While getting your dog vaccinated may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, your dog's shots are likely to cost far less than treatment for the illnesses vaccines protect against.

What vaccines does my dog need?

The vaccines recommended for dogs in the San Angelo area include immunizations to help prevent Bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

Your vet will be able to recommend the vaccines that are most appropriate for your dog based on your dog's age, where you live and your dog's lifestyle.

What do the dog and puppy vaccination schedules look like?

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks
  • DHPP*
10 - 12 Weeks
  • Booster: DHPP*
  • Bordetella (Optional)
  • Leptospirosis (Optional)
14 - 16 Weeks
  • DHPP*
  • Rabies
  • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
  • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule

  • DHPP*
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella (Optional)
  • Leptospirosis (Optional)
Every 3 Years
  • DHPP*
  • Rabies

*DHPP: This vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to find out more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Are there any potential side effects to puppy or dog vaccinations?

Some dogs may have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

German shepherds, various collies, and some sheepdogs are known to be sensitive to individual vaccinations. Your vet will skip any vaccines that contain ingredients that your dog may be sensitive to.

Our Vaccination Take Away

Vaccinations are a key element of your dog's preventive health care. By taking your dog in for his/her shots early in life, and then regularly as they move through adulthood, you give your furry friend the very best chance of living a long and healthy life.

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.

If you have a cat or dog that needs their vaccinations to protect them against various serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, please contact our San Angelo vets. We can give your puppy or kitten these vaccinations to give them a healthy start in life.