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As dog owners, we want to make sure that we are prioritizing the safety and health of our furry friends. When it comes to the various vaccines that dogs need, it can be tricky to ensure that you have your bases covered. However, it is important to stay updated on your dog’s vaccination schedule

Core Vaccines

Download this puppy vaccine schedule to stay up to date on your pup’s shots!

DAP/DHP

The DAP/DHP vaccine is usually given in one shot and protects against three different viruses. This vaccine protects against canine distemper, adenovirus (hepatitis), and parvovirus, which are all highly contagious and dangerous for dogs’ gastrointestinal systems, nervous systems, and more. Young dogs are at the highest risk to contract these illnesses, so it is essential to inquire about this shot with your veterinarian. 

Rabies

If you are unfamiliar with rabies, it is a viral disease that harms the nervous system of animals who become inflicted. Severe symptoms can range from fever, excessive drooling, and even paralysis. As dogs can pass rabies to one another and even to humans through saliva, usually from a bite, vaccinating your dog against this disease will protect them and protect you. 

Non-Core Vaccines

Download this new puppy vaccination tracker to check off each appointment and shot!

Bordetella

Bordetella bronchiseptica is a contagious respiratory disease that is passed through bacteria. It often presents itself through kennel cough and the inflammation of the bronchi and trachea. If your dog spends time around other dogs at the dog park or a boarding kennel, it is a good idea to get your dog vaccinated.

Canine parainfluenza

Believe it not, canine parainfluenza is a very common cause of kennel cough which is highly transmissible between dogs that spend time near one another and in close quarters. If you happen to travel or take your pup on doggie play dates, you may want to vaccinate them against this disease. 

Canine influenza

Also known as dog flu, canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that dogs can get from being around other infected dogs. Symptoms include cough, fever, runny nose, or lethargy. In severe cases, dogs can develop pneumonia and even die. Luckily, vaccinating your dog against canine influenza will prevent this from happening!

Leptospirosis

While it is not extremely common due to high rates of vaccination, leptospirosis is a disease that occurs from Leptospira bacterial infections. Symptoms can greatly vary based on severity but liver failure, fever, vomiting, and other side effects are likely. Dogs contract this through infected tissues, urine, or even drinking from a contaminated lake or stream. 

Lyme disease

If your dog spends time outside in tall grasses or bushes, you should be wary of ticks and diseases they carry. Lyme disease occurs from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and joints, fatigue, and lack of appetite. There are risks associated with Lyme, and therefore, it is important to protect your dog against this. 

Making these optional vaccines part of your adult dog’s routine will ensure his or her safety into their older dog years! Download this adult dog vaccine tracker. 

Protecting our dogs means giving them the best chance they have against potential risks, dangers, and diseases. There are tons of ways to keep your dog safe and prioritize their wellbeing. Looking to take the first step and learn more about vaccinating your dog? Use the printables included in this post courtesy of The Zebra for more information on each vaccine and how to best manage your dog’s immunization timeline.