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Why vaccinate my dog?

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are medications designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to produce disease-fighting antibodies to help protect against disease.

Why should I vaccinate my dog?

Dogs should be vaccinated to help protect them from many highly contagious and infectious diseases. When puppies are born, mothers pass on some immunity to their puppies through colostrum in their milk, but this protection is only temporary and the best way to ensure a long and happy life for your dog is to help provide protection with vaccination against common diseases.

What vaccinations are recommended for my dog?

It is important to talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle. Factors such as contact with other animals, indoors versus outdoors, and time spent travelling or boarding all affect your dog’s risk of exposure to disease. Most veterinarians will recommend that your dog be protected against diseases which are the most common, are easily spread and which cause serious illness. Your veterinarian may also recommend additional vaccines based on your dog’s risk factors for other diseases.

How often do I need to vaccinate my dog to help protect from disease?

In most cases, puppies will receive 3 vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, starting at 6-8 weeks of age*. An annual booster is recommended. Your vet may have specific recommendations for your dog based on their lifestyle and risk factors. Consult your vet if you have any questions about vaccination.

The best protection & prevention against these infectious diseases in your dog is vaccination

  • Don’t let your dog get sick from a preventable disease.
  • Discuss any questions you have with your vet.
  • Ask your vet about disease risks in your area.

* WSAVA. Guidelines for the vaccination of dogs and cats, 2016.

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