Dog vaccinations are important in preventing a number of devastating diseases in our fur-babies. It can be kind of confusing, however, to know which vaccinations to give which dogs (and puppies).
Here's a simple primer that we use with dogs and puppies in our hospital. It follows the American Animal Hospital Association guidelines, and also uses regional information provided by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
You'll find we tailor our vaccination schedule to a dog’s particular needs by assessing their age, lifestyle, risk of exposure, and underlying medical conditions. That means not every dog gets every vaccination we carry, as each dog we see is unique and special; by dialogue with an owner we figure out the best vaccination "fit" in each pet's specific situation. You can do your own dog's lifestyle-based assessment here.
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 a 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 a pup’s own protective immune response to the vaccines we give, that’s why we give boosters.
Hope this helps! I just scratched the surface, so remember we’re just a phone call away if you need additional info: 281.351.7184. We love ‘em like you do!