Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Puppies and dogs are always at risk of catching diseases even if they aren’t going out for hikes in the deep woods and spend all their time in the house or yard. Diseases can spread through insects, other pets, and sometimes even humans. Vaccinating your pet means you protect them from risk as much as possible. It can save time and money and extend the life of your pet.

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When should my dog be vaccinated?

Puppy vaccines should start when they are 6 to 12-weeks-old until they are 3 or 4-months-old. When the puppy series is completed, your veterinarian will recommend booster vaccines every 1 to 3 years as necessary. It’s important you maintain your pet’s vaccines as immunity only lasts for a period of time. If their vaccines aren’t boosted, they are at risk of catching diseases and may have to restart the series. To schedule a vaccine appointment for your pet, please call 705-322-2661.

What vaccines are mandatory for my dog/puppy?

Core vaccines are required for all dogs because they protect your pet from deadly diseases that can easily spread to other pets and even humans. The mandatory vaccines for all dogs include:

  • Rabies
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Parvovirus

What other vaccines may be recommended for my puppy/dog?

Non-core vaccines are also essential but not required for every pet. Your veterinarian will evaluate your pet’s risk of catching certain diseases. We may recommend that your pet be vaccinated against Bordetella, Leptospirosis, and Lyme Disease.

Will my pet have a reaction to the vaccine?

Some pets can have a mild reaction to vaccines. These symptoms are minor, especially in comparison to what they would experience if they caught a disease. It’s normal for your pet to have a swollen injection site, fever, loss of appetite, or diarrhea for up to 48 hours after they have been vaccinated.

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