Vaccines for Puppies & Dogs

A vaccination plan ensures your canine companion remains protected against dangerous diseases.

Regular vaccinations are a key component in fighting off diseases in puppies and dogs. Our hospital provides both core and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccines are those that are required by law or highly recommended because of the severity of the diseases your pet could develop without them, while non-core vaccines are optional and recommended based on your pet’s unique needs and lifestyle. Our veterinarians can assist you in determining whether your canine friend needs non-core vaccinations. Schedule your appointment at 604-858-6560 to learn more.

What are core and non-core vaccinations in dogs and puppies?

Core vaccinations fight against diseases that are highly transmissible to other dogs and other species including humans. These vaccines include:

  1. Rabies
  2. Bordetella
  3. Canine Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis (DHPP)

Non-core vaccines although not considered essential for every pup or dog can prevent them from being exposed to other diseases that are also harmful. These vaccines include:

  1. Lyme
  2. Leptospirosis
  3. Canine influenza

When should puppies get vaccinated?

Puppies should start vaccinations between 6 to 8-weeks-old. The vaccinations should continue every three weeks until four months when they receive their final series of shots.

When should adult dogs get vaccinated?

At Valley Veterinary Services, we begin administering periodic booster shots to adult dogs after completing their last round of puppy shots. Based on the lifestyle of the dog we may recommend boosting core and non-core vaccines. Most vaccinations are effective for one year with the exception of rabies, which lasts up to three years and bordetella, which lasts between 6 to 12 months.

What should I expect after my puppy gets their vaccine?

The effects of vaccinations are minor and lasts up to two days. Most puppies do not show any sign of discomfort after receiving vaccines. For some puppies, side effects can look like loss of appetite, lethargy and swelling in the area they received the shot. As pet owners, if you become concerned about any of these side effects reach out to us for instructions.

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