Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog

For many of us, our dogs are our family. They are there for us when we need them and provide us with companionship, loyalty, and love. Just like our human family members, we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and safe. Part of keeping your dog healthy is making sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

At some point in their life, your dog will be exposed to serious and even fatal diseases. Ensuring your pup is up protected is important in keeping them happy and healthy. In this post, we will outline everything you need to know about annual dog vaccinations.

What Are Annual Vaccinations?

Dog vaccines are special medications designed to protect dogs from diseases that are caused by viruses or bacteria. Vaccines work by injecting small quantities of the virus or bacteria into your dog. 

When introduced to the body, your pup’s immune system responds through a series of steps that include making antibodies and modifying other cells that will recognize the target organism later. As their immune system fights off the “invader”, they develop immunity or resistance to the disease, if they are exposed again.

Why Does My Dog Need Vaccines?

Put simply, they protect your companion from potentially serious or deadly diseases, many of which have no cure or are costly to do so. This leads to stress, pain and suffering for both pet and owner.

Even if your dog never goes outside or only socializes with other vaccinated dogs, they are still at risk. There are a number of diseases that can be easily spread through casual contacts, like sniffing or licking. If one unvaccinated dog has the disease and comes in contact with another, it is highly likely they will contract it as well. 

Similarly, a vaccinated pet protects your family and community as well. Some infectious diseases, such as rabies, are zoonotic diseases. This means that they can be passed from animal to human which can cause serious illness and even death. 

My Puppy Has Had All Their Shots, Now What?

Puppies typically receive their first vaccines when they are between 6 and 8 weeks of age, with additional booster shots at their checkup visits. Although puppies are considered especially vulnerable to some diseases, it is also very important for adult pets to be up-to-date on vaccines. 

Your pet’s health and lifestyle are important considerations for how often they should be vaccinated. However, it is recommended that dogs be vaccinated yearly. This ensures that your pet is protected against the most common and deadly diseases.

The decision regarding how often to administer any vaccine is an individualized choice that you and your veterinarian make together. Factors include:

  • Your pet’s age
  • Their health 
  • Lifestyle (indoor or outdoor)
  • Exposure risk to other animals
  • The type of vaccine 

Get Your Companion vaccinated Today! 

Your dog is a beloved member of your family. You want to do everything you can to keep them healthy and safe. Annual dog vaccinations are an important part of keeping your furry friend healthy and protected against deadly diseases.

At The House Call Vet, the team offer a variety of vaccines for dogs of all ages. They will work with you to create a personalised vaccination plan that meets the unique needs of your pup. Contact today to schedule an appointment!