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Should I Get My Dog Vaccinated? Why & When To Do It

Should I Get My Dog Vaccinated? Why & When To Do It

Your dog seems to be pretty healthy with no signs of illness. So what should you bring them in for routine preventive care? Our Snellville vets explain the importance of routine vaccinations and why you should get your dog vaccinated.

Should you get your dog vaccinated?

As with the vaccinations that have been designed for people, puppy and kitten vaccinations 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 that these pet vaccinations protect against.

Does my dog need all of the available vaccines?

The vaccines recommended for dogs in the Snellville 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.

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

Puppy Vaccinations

6 - 8 Weeks

  • DHPP*

10 - 12 Weeks

  • Booster: DHPP*
  • Bordetella (Optional)
  • Leptospirosis (Optional)

14 - 16 Weeks

  • Booster: DHPP*
  • Rabies
  • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
  • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Adult Dog Vaccinations


  • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
  • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Every 3 Years

  • Booster: DHPP*
  • Booster: 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.

What are the potential side effects of dog vaccinations?

While vaccinations are generally safe, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to the ingredients in a vaccine. 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. You'll be able to ask questions and learn more when you schedule your dog's pet vaccinations in Snellville.

So why should you have your dog vaccinated?

Having your dog vaccinated at a pet vaccinations clinic or at a veterinary clinic is 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.

Is your beloved companion due for their routine dog or cat vaccinations and preventive care? Contact our Snellville vets today to schedule a visit.

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Snellville Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Snellville companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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