No! We all know that a Chihuahua is different from a Great Dane, but their vaccinations are the same. The “one-size-fits-all” approach to vaccinations has been in place for decades, and it’s been effective at staving off many infectious diseases.
Why do all dogs get the same amount of vaccine?
It’s the amount needed to generate the immune response we need. Vaccines are designed to stimulate an immune response in a dog’s body so that it can produce antibodies to protect itself from dangerous pathogens introduced by vaccination.
A common question asked about vaccines is: “Can I give my dog less than the suggested dose?” The answer is no, you should follow the dosage listed on the label. Giving your pet less than what’s prescribed can compromise your dog’s ability to fight off disease, or become ill from too little protection.
How many vaccinations do dogs need?
Just as with humans, there are certain vaccinations that dogs must have in order to avoid serious disease and death. Some vaccinations are required by law, while some can be optional based on the lifestyle of the owner.
Depending on where you live, your veterinarian will probably recommend the following:
- Adenovirus – 2
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
- Leptospirosis (Typically administered in combination with Distemper and ICH)
- Rabies (as required by law)
The number of vaccinations required for dogs depends on several factors, including the age of the dog and the geographical area in which the dog lives. In general, puppies should receive a series of vaccinations starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age. This vaccination schedule may require a trip to your veterinarian’s office every few weeks until your puppy is 16 weeks old. After that, an annual checkup is usually sufficient to ensure that your dog is up-to-date on his vaccines.
Why is dog vaccination so important?
Vaccination is the primary method of controlling and preventing infectious diseases that can kill or cause disease in your dog. A vaccination is an injection of dead or weakened forms of viruses or bacteria into your dog to stimulate the production of antibodies against these diseases. Vaccinations also help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases to humans, which is extremely important.
What happens if you don’t get your dog vaccinated?
Many dog owners feel that they can skip vaccinations if they don’t have a lot of contact with other dogs and their environments are fairly clean. However, this is not true. Even if you take your dog out to public areas like parks and walking trails, other dogs could be carrying diseases that could be passed on to your pet through the air or even if you simply walk by each other.
Vaccinations protect not only your pet but also the people around them, as well as any other animals they come in contact with. Some diseases can be spread to humans and pose a major risk to anyone who comes into contact with an infected dog.
What happens if you do get your dog vaccinated?
If you do get your dog vaccinated, you will protect him from many of these deadly diseases. You won’t have to worry about your dog getting sick or hurt. In fact, you can take comfort in knowing that your dog can live a long and healthy life because of the vaccinations he has received.
A lot of people are worried about how vaccinations will affect their dogs. Some think that the vaccinations might give their pet cancer or cause their pet to become aggressive. These are all myths. In fact, the proper vaccinations for dogs can help keep them healthy and prevent them from getting diseases that could potentially kill them.
Is it illegal to not vaccinate your dog?
Under California law, it is illegal not to vaccinate your dog. However, the state only requires a rabies vaccination, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
There are many highly recommended ones. Some of these vaccines protect against canine distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus. Dogs older than three months must receive the Rabies vaccine every year.
Is it too late to vaccinate my dog?
Vaccines can be given at any time. If you have missed a few vaccines earlier in life, it is still not too late to start and complete the course.
Just keep in mind that you may not have the same protection from disease as if your dog was vaccinated during their prime time. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you in terms of what vaccinations your pet needs, based on his or her individual history, recent activities, and lifestyle.