Being a dog owner adds so much joy and meaning to your life. One of the ways you can keep your pooch happy and healthy for years to come is through dog vaccinations. At Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital in Durham, we offer quality veterinary care, including dog and puppy vaccinations.
What Are Dog Vaccines?
Vaccines help protect pets from life-threatening conditions. They stimulate your pet's immune system to create immunity against specific diseases. Vaccines work by replicating the pathogen that causes a particular disease. When your dog is vaccinated, his body will create antibodies to fight off the replicating pathogen. If he is exposed to the real disease, his immune system will already be primed and ready to protect him.
What Vaccines Does My Dog Need?
The core vaccines for dogs include:
There are also non-core vaccines available for dogs that may be recommended depending on their lifestyle and risk factors. These include:
- Canine influenza virus
You should always consult a veterinarian to determine the best vaccines for your dog, as they may differ slightly based on breed or environmental conditions.
When Should I Get My Dog Vaccinated?
Puppies should start their vaccinations at around six to eight weeks old. They will need a booster vaccine every three to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. After that, they will require annual boosters for most vaccines. Rabies vaccines are required by law in North Carolina and must be given to puppies no later than 16 weeks old. Dogs will then need a booster vaccine every one to three years.
Risks of Vaccines
There are minimal risks to vaccinating a dog. However, some dogs have had allergic reactions to them. The allergic reaction can cause swelling, itching, or shortness of breath. Contact our animal hospital immediately if you notice any concerning symptoms.
Contact Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital in Durham, NC
If you live in the Durham area and need dog vaccinations or pet care for your dog, look no further than Alexander At The Park Veterinary Hospital. Our professional and skilled staff will make sure your furry friend is up-to-date on all of his shots and stays healthy for years to come. Call our team today at (919) 484-9900 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.