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Your Complete Guide to First-Year Puppy Vaccinations

Our vets in Lebanon understand that scheduling multiple appointments for your puppy's vaccinations and boosters can be inconvenient. However, it is crucial to follow your dog's vaccination schedule, especially for young puppies receiving their initial vaccinations.

Why Should You Get Your Dog Vaccinated?

Just like humans, vaccines for dogs are designed to protect them from serious and life-threatening diseases. In the Lebanon area, it is important to vaccinate your dog against common canine illnesses that can quickly spread among unvaccinated dogs. 

While it may seem like a hassle and an added expense to bring your new puppy to the vet for vaccinations, these vaccinations are crucial in protecting your furry friend from illness and ensuring they live a long, healthy, and happy life. It is recommended to get your puppy vaccinated during their first year and renew their vaccinations annually.

What Illnesses Are Addressed by My Dog's Shots?

The Lebanon area has a set of recommended vaccines for puppies and adult dogs that can prevent and reduce the severity of illnesses like hepatitis, parvovirus, distemper, bordetella, and rabies. Our expert vets can suggest the most suitable vaccinations for your furry friend based on their age, lifestyle, the area you live in, and other relevant factors.

Dog Vaccine Schedule

The first few months of your puppy's life are critical for their health. To keep them healthy and strong, it's important to follow a schedule of vaccinations recommended by our vets. Additionally, booster shots are required for adult dogs throughout their lives to maintain their immunity. By following these schedules of puppy shots and adult dog vaccine boosters, you can ensure that your furry friend stays healthy and happy for years to come.

Puppy Shot Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
10 - 12 Weeks
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • *DHPP Shot 2
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
14 - 16 Weeks
  • *DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccine Schedule

  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
Every 3 Years
  • *DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: This vaccine protects your dog against a combination of illnesses: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza.

Age Restrictions

Ask your vet to find out more about what vaccines are appropriate for your dog when they are still a puppy. Depending on your pet's age, their immune system may not be strong enough to be boosted by all shots effectively. 

Possible Vaccine Side Effects in Puppies

Side effects of vaccines are quite common, such as cold-like symptoms, mild fevers, or lethargy. These signs indicate that your puppy or adult dog is having an appropriate reaction to the vaccine.

However, some dogs may experience serious allergic reactions to getting their shots. This is generally due to sensitivity to a specific ingredient in a vaccine.

These reactions are not standard to breed or vaccine and may depend on your dog. Although certain breeds can be predisposed to allergies to certain vaccines, your vet will make sure to avoid any vaccines that your dog may be sensitive or allergic to.

Some breeds, like collies, sheepdogs, and German Shepherds, are known to be predisposed to more significant reactions to some vaccines.

If your dog does react to a vaccination, take them to your vet as soon as possible and make note of the type of vaccination they received. This information will be essential to have on hand if you move or switch vets in the future.

The Importance of Dog Vaccinations

Vaccinations are one of the most essential components of your puppy's healthcare. By getting your dog vaccinated early in their life, you can protect them from serious diseases that may harm them while their immune systems are still developing.

Moreover, by continuing this practice into their adulthood, you can help guarantee that they remain healthy and free of serious health issues throughout their life.

Following the vaccination schedule as recommended by our veterinarians at Lebanon will not just safeguard your dog's health but also save you time and money in the long run by avoiding more serious veterinary visits or emergencies in the future.

Preventive treatments are almost always less expensive and time-consuming than treatments in the advanced stages of a disease.

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.

Are you wondering whether it's time to take your puppy for its first round of vaccinations?  Get in touch with our vets in Lebanon today to schedule an appointment for your furry friend.

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