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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs 

Routine vaccinations give your dogs a strong immune system to ward off diseases. Having your pet vaccinated may also protect the rest of your household from diseases that can be passed on from pets to humans. It may seem overwhelming but our veterinarians are here to guide you as to what vaccines your pet needs.

What are core and non-core vaccines for puppies and dogs?

Core vaccines are mandatory and required by law. Without these vaccines diseases would spread easily to other pets and humans. Core vaccines for dogs and puppies include: Bordetella, Rabies and Distemper/Parvo (DHPP). Without these shots your pet is exposed to serious diseases that can be fatal.

Non-core vaccines can also prevent severe diseases but they are only necessary for some pets. Your pet may need non-core vaccines based on their surroundings and if they’re at risk of exposure. Non-core vaccines include: Lyme, Leptospirosis, Rattlesnake and Influenza.

We encourage you to speak with one of our veterinarians when deciding which vaccines to give your pets. Schedule an appointment at 905.727.3003.

When should my puppy or dog be vaccinated?

Each pup should begin their round of vaccinations between 6- to 8-weeks-old and continue every 3 weeks until they are 4-months-old. You can always enroll your pets in our vaccination programs. Here’s a rundown of the shots we generally administer every three weeks:

At 6- to 10-weeks-old: Bordetella and DHPP

At 11- to 14-weeks-old: DHPP, Leptospirosis, Influenza and Lyme

At 15 to 16 weeks: DHPP, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Influenza and Lyme disease

For adult dogs we start offering booster shots once they finish their puppy vaccines. Booster shots are recommended based on how long the initial shot is effective for. Rabies vaccinations are effective for three years, bordetella is effective for 6 to 12 months and all others are effective for one year.

Are there side effects after my puppy/dog is vaccinated?

It is normal for some pets to have some side effects after being vaccinated. The effects shouldn’t raise alarms as they go away within a day or two. Your furry friend may lose their appetite, have diarrhea or vomiting. Some pets don’t even experience any reactions. If you have questions or concerns about a vaccine please reach out to us for advice or instructions.


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