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Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

At Southglen Veterinary Hospital we recognize how necessary it is for your canine friends to be vaccinated. Vaccines are required for your puppies and dogs to ward off diseases. Without vaccinations, your pet may be vulnerable to rabies, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and influenza. Some of these illnesses can even spread to other pets or humans in the household.

What is the difference between core and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines are required by law and are deemed essential. This is because of the high risk of disease transmission to other pets and sometimes humans if the vaccines are not given. Core vaccines include:

  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Canine Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis (DHPP).
    Non-core vaccines are not essential for every pet. The need for these vaccines is dependent on your individual pet’s environment or lifestyle. If your pet has a higher risk of exposure, your veterinarian may recommend these vaccinations for your pet. Some non-core vaccines include:

  • Lyme
  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine influenza
    Our team can help you determine if your pet needs non-core vaccines. We encourage you to schedule your pet’s vaccinations at 204-452-0077.

    When should my puppy or dog be vaccinated?

    Puppies should be vaccinated between 6 to 8 weeks old. The vaccinations should continue every three weeks until they are 4 months old.

    For adult dogs, our hospital only begins booster shots when your pet has completed the last round of puppy shots. Our veterinarians may recommend boosting the vaccinations your pet received.

    How long do vaccines last in my pet?

    Some of the vaccines your pet receives are effective for up to one year. Rabies lasts for three years and bordetella lasts 6 to 12 months. Our veterinarians will inform you at each appointment so you know when your pet should be vaccinated again.

    What should I expect when my puppy or dog is vaccinated?

    Your pet can experience minor side effects to the vaccinations they receive. Some pets might be lethargic, lose their appetite or have swelling at the injection site. These effects do not usually last more than 48 hours. If you become concerned about any effect that your pet is experiencing, reach out to our team.


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