What You Need To Know About Vaccinating Your Dog


If you have a dog in your home it is important that you make sure that they have been properly vaccinated. If you don't, you are not only putting your dear pet at risk for disease, you are also putting those around you at risk if they are bitten or are infected by the dog. This is why it is essential that you stay up to date with your dog's vaccinations. Here are a couple things you need to know.

How Often Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?

You should definitely make sure that your dog is vaccinated as a puppy. If you are the owner of the dog from birth, make sure that you get the dog vaccinated and get documentation of the shots. This will help to protect the dog if you end up selling the dog to a new owner. If you purchase a dog later in life, you must make sure that you have their immunizations records. You could be in trouble with the law if you don't.

As a general rule you should be taking in your dog yearly for a check up. During that time, the doctor will tell you what, if any, boosts are necessary. In addition, they can check for any problems. This is why keeping the yearly check up is so important.

What Happens If I Don't Vaccinate My Dog?

Vaccinating a dog is required by law. Dogs and cats can carry diseases that are dangerous and even lethal to humans. This is why it each state has adopted a law that requires all dog owners to vaccinate their pet. If you don't vaccinate your dog and they infect a person through contact or biting them, you could be in a lot of trouble. You could be sued, fined by the state and/or the dog could be taken from you. For this reason, you should stay up to date with the vaccinations.

What Vaccinations Are Necessary?

There are a myriad of vaccinations that you can give your dog, however only 5 of them are required by law. These vaccinations are there to protect the dog from getting life threatening diseases that could harm them and those them come in contact with.

In addition, there are other vaccines that you can opt for that will help to keep your dog healthier. Many people choose these vaccines for the health and comfort of their pet. For example, if you board your dog, there may be additional vaccinations to consider. You can check with a local boarder, such as the Daily Wag, for more information.

By understanding these things about vaccines you can make the healthiest and best choice for your dog. 


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