What Kind of Shots Does my Dog Need?

what kind of shots does my dog needPart of being a responsible pet owner is making sure that puppies and other dogs receive any and all vaccinations and shots that they require. In fact, this isn’t that unlike bringing a child in for vaccinations because there is even a specific set of shots that puppies will require during their first year of life. It is important that people understand what these shots are and why they are important for the health of their puppy. Some of these shots are discussed below.

4 Types of Shots and Vaccinations For Your Dog


Almost everyone has heard of rabies and has seen what it can do to dogs in the move Old Yeller. It is vital that pet owners bring in their puppy to receive their rabies vaccine because the rabies disease is almost universally fatal in dogs and in people if it isn’t caught early. Instead of worrying about whether or not a dog has rabies, just make sure the puppy receives the rabies vaccine. Furthermore, most states require that a pet owner gives their dog the rabies vaccine by law.

Lyme Disease

Yes, this is the same Lyme Disease that people get from a tick. Named after the town of Lyme, CT, Lyme Disease often presents in people with the famous target rash and then proceeds to infect the rest of the body. The good news is that there is a vaccine that will prevent this disease from occurring in puppies. If not treated, the disease can lead to multiple organ failure and even death. While there are antibiotics to treat the disease if it arises, why even take that chance? Just make sure the puppy receives the effective vaccine.

Kennel Cough

While this may not be as severe as the other diseases discussed, it doesn’t make it any less annoying or cumbersome for a pet owner. This is known as severe bronchitis in people and can be caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses. It causes a significant decrease in appetite and it is contagious if there are other animals in the vicinity. In rare cases, the disease can be deadly, depending on the type of pathogen. It is named after kennels because it is so contagious in these environments.

Canine Hepatitis

In people, there are many different forms of hepatitis ranging from A to E. Hepatitis is the overall term given to liver inflammation and the canine form of liver inflammation is different from the people form. The symptoms of this disease will range from vomiting to pain and fever. Similar to the form in people, the disease can range in severity from the slightest of symptoms to the most morbid of symptoms. The disease can kill in specific cases. Just as in people, there are vaccinations that can prevent many forms of this liver disease.

These are only a few of the many vaccinations that puppies are going to need during their first year of life. While this list may seem long, remember that vaccines have been proven to be both safe and effective. Please feel free to contact our clinic with any questions about any of the vaccines on this list.

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