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what shots does my dog need annually?
If your dog is over the age of one, it is important to have them vaccinated against a variety of diseases. However, if you're like most dog owners, you might not know which shots your dog needs annually. In this article, we'll outline the most common shots that dogs need and provide tips on how to get them.
Types of Shots
Your dog needs shots based on age and activity level. Annual shots include canine distemper, rabies, and Bordetella vaccinations. Depending on your dog's lifestyle and activities, additional shots may be necessary. Check with your veterinarian to find out which shots are necessary for your pet.
Giving your dog the proper shots is an important part of their health and well-being. Shots are given to pets to prevent diseases from spreading, and they also help keep your pet healthy and active. Here are four shots your dog may need each year:
1. Rabies vaccine - This is a required vaccine for all dogs over the age of 6 months. Dogs who have never had rabies before should receive a series of three doses spaced two weeks apart.
2. Distemper/parvo vaccine - These viruses are both highly contagious and can be fatal if not treated quickly. Your dog should receive a series of two doses, six weeks apart, unless they have had prior distemper/parvo vaccination or have been shown to be immune to the virus.
3. Lyme disease vaccine - If your dog spends time outdoors in tick-infested areas, they may need this vaccine. Lyme disease is a potentially serious infection that can be fatal if not treated quickly. Your dog should receive a series of three doses, six weeks apart.
4. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine - This virus is highly contagious and can cause severe respiratory illness in dogs. Your dog should receive a series of two doses, six weeks apart.
What Vaccines Does My Dog Need?
Your dog needs to be vaccinated against a variety of diseases, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and parvo. However, the vaccines your dog needs depend on his breed and age. Generally speaking, puppies need to be vaccinated against Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), Bordetella canis (dog flu), coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS]), rhinovirus (the common cold), and herpetic murine encephalitis virus (HMEV-1). Adult dogs need a combination of traditional vaccinations against rabies, distemper, hepatitis A and B, parvovirus, and leptospirosis. Some states also require vaccination against Lyme disease. Speak with your veterinarian about the specific vaccines your dog needs.
How Often Should I Give My Dog a Shot?
The common question pet owners ask is how often their dog should be given a shot. The answer to this question depends on the dog’s age, weight, health and activity level. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
-For puppies under 12 weeks of age, only one initial vaccine dose should be given, followed by a booster when the puppy reaches four to six weeks old.
-For dogs between 12 and 16 weeks old, two vaccine doses should be given, one at four to six weeks old and another between eight and twelve weeks old.
-Dogs over 16 weeks old should have three vaccine doses – one between four and six weeks old, another at eight to twelve weeks old and a final shot at sixteen to eighteen weeks.
-All dogs should have an annual Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine.
Maintenance Routine for Shots
A dog's yearly vaccinations are an important part of their overall health, but they don't need all of the shots that a human might. Here is a list of shots your dog may not need:
The Rabies Vaccine - This vaccine is only necessary if your dog lives in a state where rabies is a concern. Dogs that are NOT exposed to rabies should not receive this vaccine.
Diphtheria and Tetanus - These vaccines protect dogs from bacterial infections that can cause serious health problems, including pneumonia and even death. However, your dog does not need this vaccine if you live in a state without these diseases.
Flu - The flu vaccine protects dogs from the H3N2 strain of the flu and other viral infections such as coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS). However, your dog does not need this vaccine if you live in a state without the flu.
Pneumonitis - This vaccine protects dogs from bacterial lung infections, including pneumonitis (inflammation of the lungs). However, your dog does not need this vaccine if you live in a state without pneumonia.
Types of Shots Pets Need
There are a few shots that all pets need, but depending on the animal's lifestyle and environment, their needs may change. Pets need vaccinations to help protect them from disease, and they also need worming and flea/tick prevention treatments. Here is a list of shots that most pets require:
Pets Need Shots
Dogs: Rabies, distemper, parvo, Lyme, feline leukaemia (FeLV), Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), adenovirus
Cats: Feline panleukopenia (FVRCP), FeLV, rabies, calicivirus, herpes zoster (shingles)
Rabbits: Pneumococcal (PCV-13), rhinotracheitis (hay fever), tapewormBirds: Avian influenza, psittacine herpesvirus-1 (formerly called SARS), Newcastle disease
When to Call a vet
A dog's age, weight, breed, health and activity level all contribute to the number of shots they may need. In general, most dogs will need one or two routine vaccinations each year. However, some dogs may require more depending on their lifestyle and health. To find out what your dog needs, contact your vet.
It's always important to get your dog vaccinated and/or spayed, but it's also important to keep up with their shots periodically. Here are the shots your dog should be getting every year: Rabies, distemper, hepatitis A & B, Bordetella (kennel cough), parvovirus (heartworm), and Bordetella (cranberry fever). depending on your pet's age and health, other vaccines may also be recommended. Talk to your veterinarian about what is necessary for your dog and make a schedule that you both can follow.