If you are thinking about adding a dog to your family, finding out the cost of puppy shots is something you should consider. It’s important to remember that even before you purchase a puppy, the costs add up quickly.
How much do puppy shots cost?
The average cost of puppy shots ranges from $100 to $350 for a series of three to four depending on where you live.
After the initial puppy shots, annual boosters cost between $80 and $250 per year depending on which ones are needed. Some vaccines need to be boosted more often than others, so the price can vary greatly depending on your pet’s health needs.
The cost of a puppy shot series can be high, but it’s worth it to protect your dog from health problems. Vaccinations help prevent serious illnesses like parvovirus and rabies and help your puppy develop lifelong immunity to them.
What puppy shots are needed and when?
Vaccinations are usually started when a puppy is about 6-8 weeks old and can be done every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. After that, boosters are required once per year or once every three years.
While it’s tempting to start snuggling with your new puppy as soon as you get him home, there are a few things you’ll want to do first. The vet will want to assess the puppy’s overall health and make sure he is up-to-date on his vaccines and worming medication.
The core vaccines every dog should receive are distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Distemper and parvovirus affect dogs of all ages and can be deadly. Hepatitis is a disease which primarily affects older dogs, but in rare cases can also be fatal in younger animals. Parainfluenza is the virus which causes kennel cough. While it isn’t usually fatal, it can still cause a lot of misery for a dog and its owner.
There are also a number of non-core vaccines which may also be important to your dog’s health depending upon where you live and what activities you enjoy with your pet. These include bordetella (kennel cough), leptospirosis, Lyme disease, and canine influenza virus (CIV).
If your puppy was adopted, check with the adoption agency. The agency may have already completed a few rounds of vaccinations or shared information on vaccines completed.
If you’re adopting an adult dog, check with the shelter or rescue group to see if they have any of your new pet’s vaccination records. If they do, bring those records with you when you visit your veterinarian for a checkup so that she knows which vaccinations are up-to-date.
Rabies shots are legally required for all dogs in some parts of the country. Some people opt to skip the rabies vaccine because it needs to be boosted every year or even more frequently, but it’s still important for protecting pets from this serious viral disease that can spread rapidly among animals and infect people.
When arriving at your home, it’s important to keep your new dog separate from your other pets for a few days (preferably two). This is just to make sure that he or she does not have any contagious diseases that may put other animals in danger if exposed.
5-in-1 puppy shot schedule
A 5-in-1 puppy shot is one that contains all five of the core vaccines recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for dogs. It protects against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough, and parainfluenza. This is sometimes called the DHPP vaccine or the DA2PP vaccine.
Can I give my puppy shots myself?
No. Do not take on this responsibility unless you are a veterinarian with experience in proper vaccination techniques, including proper handling and disposal of needles. If a vaccine is given incorrectly, it may be ineffective, or worse, it could harm your dog.
Veterinarians are not only trained to administer injections, they also know how to recognize signs of serious reactions and can quickly treat them.
Vaccines have different storage requirements. If they aren’t stored properly, they can lose their effectiveness.
If for some reason you are unable to pay for vaccinations for your dog, there may be low-cost vaccinations in your area. If you have trouble affording veterinary care, contact your local humane society or animal shelter for resources in your community.
How many shots do puppies need before going outside?
Puppies should be fully vaccinated at least three weeks before they go outside. This means they are protected against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis and parainfluenza — the four deadly diseases that every dog should be vaccinated against.
Is it too late to vaccinate my puppy?
It’s never too late to vaccinate your puppy, but the earlier the better. Vaccines are most effective when they are given before exposure to a disease, so vaccinating your puppy early in life is important.
It may seem tempting to skip a vaccine if your puppy is not showing any signs of illness, but it’s important to follow your veterinarian’s guidelines and give the shots on time. If you do miss a scheduled vaccination or booster, contact your vet to find out when you can reschedule it.
If you haven’t vaccinated your puppy yet, call your veterinarian immediately to schedule an appointment.
Conclusion of puppy vaccinations
Raising a puppy is an exciting time, and it’s also a big responsibility. Puppies require a lot of care and attention, particularly in the first few days after you bring them home.
Puppies must be vaccinated to help prevent certain serious diseases. Vaccinations begin when the puppy is about 6-8 weeks old, and are given every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is about 16 weeks old. The first year of life is when puppies require most of their vaccinations, but it’s important to continue vaccinating them throughout their lives.
The good news is that as your puppy grows up into an adult dog, they will need fewer visits to the vet. This will be a nice break for you, and also for your wallet!