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Should I get my dog vaccinated? Why & When To Do It

Your dog's best protection against several serious and potentially deadly diseases is following the dog vaccination schedule below. Our veterinarians in Los Angeles strongly recommend annual appointments for vaccinations and boosters, even if they may seem inconvenient.

Why Get Your Dog Vaccinated

Just like human vaccines, dog vaccines safeguard your pet from numerous life-threatening diseases. Getting your dog vaccinated may appear to be an unnecessary expense. Still, in reality, it will save you a substantial amount of money when you compare it to the cost of treating the diseases that vaccines prevent.

Which Vaccines Are Right For Your Dog

In the Los Angeles area, veterinarians at Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital recommend immunizations for dogs to prevent bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

Our vets will assess your dog's age, location, and lifestyle to determine the most suitable vaccines for your pet.

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks

  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2

10 - 12 Weeks

  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • DHPP Shot 2
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies

14 - 16 Weeks

  • DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule

Annually

  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2

Every 3 Years

  • DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: This vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to learn which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Possible Vaccine Side Effects

In certain instances, dogs can experience allergic reactions when they receive vaccinations. This usually occurs because of a sensitivity to a specific ingredient in a particular vaccine.

Some breeds, such as German shepherds, various collies, and certain sheepdogs, are prone to reacting to specific vaccine ingredients. Your veterinarian will omit any vaccines that contain ingredients your dog may be sensitive to.

The Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinating your dog is a crucial aspect of preventive healthcare. Ensuring your dog receives vaccinations early in life and regularly throughout adulthood significantly enhances their chances of leading 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.

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