Dog vaccinations...they’re confusing, right? There’s an overload of internet info on the subject which makes it kinda crazy to understand. And yet we’re not dummies! On the contrary, we’re savvy Texans who live in the hotbed of U.S. Rabies cases. That makes us acutely sensitive to that fact that pet vaccinations are life-saving and should be part of our dog’s routine preventative healthcare.
So, to cut through all the mish mash, I thought I’d put together a simple little primer for how we vaccinate dogs here in Tomball, Texas.
First, you need to know I didn’t willy-nilly come up with this vaccination schedule. Instead, we follow the American Animal Hospital Association and American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, and we also use regional information provided by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Second, we tailor our vaccination schedule to your dog’s particular needs by assessing their life-stage, lifestyle, risk of exposure, and underlying medical conditions. That means not every dog gets every vaccination as each dog we see is unique and special; by dialoguing with you, we figure out what’s best for your beloved pet!
Healthy dogs in our practice are routinely vaccinated for...
In addition, healthy dogs who are boarded, groomed, go to dog parks or dog shows, or who have exposure to dogs with unknown preventative care are also routinely vaccinated for:
And one last tidbit: puppy vaccinations begin between 6 to 8 weeks of age, and we boost them every 3 to 4 weeks until your puppy reaches 16 weeks of age or older. This series of vaccinations is necessary as puppies receive short-lived antibodies from their mother’s first milk which gradually wear off by 14 to 20 weeks of age. This temporary immunity slows the development of your pup’s own protective immune response to the vaccines we give, that’s why we give boosters.
Hope that helps! I just scratched the surface, so remember we’re just a phone call away if you need more veterinary info: 281.351.7184. We love ‘em like you do!