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  Medium: $10-$100 per year High: $20-$150 the first year   Typical costs: The average cost for dog vaccinations ranges from $20 to $150 in the first year, and from $10 to $100 per year afterward. The cost varies based on which vaccinations are given and whether they are done at a veterinarian's office or a low-cost vaccination clinic run by a local government or humane organization. Related articles: Heartworm Treatment, Dog Flea Control, Dog Grooming, Dog Kennel, Dog Spay or Neuter, Dog Teeth Cleaning What should be included: Puppies usually are vaccinated at two, three, and four months of age.

Unvaccinated adult dogs receive two rounds of vaccinations about three weeks apart. After that, dogs usually receive boosters annually. The basic shots -- for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and sometimes leptospirosis and coronavirus -- usually are administered together in a combination vaccine. The rabies vaccine is given separately in accordance with local laws.[1] offers an overview of dog vaccinations.

Additional costs: Some dog daycare facilities or kennels require vaccinations not included in the standard round of shots, such as for bordatella, known as kennel cough. In certain parts of the country, veterinarians recommend extra vaccinations, such as for Lyme disease. Extra vaccinations usually cost about $10 to $15 or more each. Discounts: Most humane societies and shelters include the first rounds of vaccinations in the adoption fee.

Tip: It is possible to order vaccines online and vaccinate the dog yourself, but be sure you order from a reliable company.[2] has a guide on how to vaccinate a pet. Depending on local laws, rabies vaccinations can now be given on a three-year schedule rather than yearly. Shopping for dog vaccination: Vaccinations protect dogs against life-threatening diseases, but side effects can include injection-site swelling, or fever and sluggishness that resolve within a day or two or, rarely, a serious allergic reaction.[3] has a primer on allergic reactions. And the American Veterinary Medical Association[4] lists the benefits and risks of vaccinations. To find a good veterinarian, ask fellow dog owners, breeders or humane associations. Or, search at the American Veterinary Medical Association[5] website to find your state's veterinary medical association for a referral. Then ask how long the veterinarian has been practicing and how much continuing education he or she receives per year.

Tour the clinic to check on cleanliness, attitude, policies and prices. provides guidelines on how to find[6] and which questions to ask[7] a veterinarian. CostHelper News What People Are Paying - Recent Comments Page 2 of 2   -   << Previous   1   2    Posted by: Katrina Melson in Fayetteville, TN. Posted: August 26th, 2017 09:08AM Vet: Highland rim animal clinic Wormer for 84 lb olde English bulldog and 52 an English bulldog plus rabies, DA2PPV booster, bordetella intra Trac 3, and Nexgard flea preventative for the English bulldog Posted by: BeeKeeperAR in Little Rock, AR.

Posted: June 24th, 2017 09:06AM Breed: Mix- 36 lbs Type: I pay 144 for the following shots with an exam: Novibac Canine 1-DAPPv Vaccine, 1-Rabies Vaccine, Bordatella Vaccine, Fecal Float, Heartworm Test. Is that a fair bill? Posted by: [email protected] in Austin, TX. Posted: August 3rd, 2015 08:08AM Breed: Lab mix Type: Vet: Austin, TX For rabies,DA2P+PV and bordetella vaccinations; a heartworm test; and a year of heart worm prevention, it came out to $111.

Posted by: KaiKai's Mom in Kaneohe, HI. Posted: June 2nd, 2015 01:06AM Breed: LABRADOR/PITBULL Type: DOG Vet: Vetco @ Petco/Kaneohe Vetco charges $25 for the DHPP, $25 for the Lespro & $25 for the Bordatella...Hawaii is a rabie free state so rabie shots are not offered. The VCA Pet Clinic in Kaneohe offers a package of a check up, the 3 above vaccinations, fecal and heartworm test for $200.

..if you use the free exam coupon for first time patients, it's $49 less...I recall paying between $12-15 for these shots back in California a few years ago at Vetco in Temecula. Hawaii is SO expensive...but I love it my whole family is here :) Posted by: nicole24 in St. James, NY. Posted: March 20th, 2015 02:03PM Breed: King Charles Cavalier Type: We were charged $425.00 for 3 shots; blood taken; stool sample anaylsis and flea and tick pill.

One pill. Posted by: Marcus Crown in Library, PA. Posted: January 28th, 2015 07:01PM Breed: Beagle Type: Vet: Near Trolly Stop Went in for yearly shots. Got charged much more for things we didn't authorize. Girl claimed she's not allowed to tell prices. Posted by: Regulha in Amarillo, TX. Posted: January 8th, 2015 09:01AM Vet: Mobile Vet canyon dr Check up with allergies shot Posted by: mack10 in Grande Prairie,Alberta, Other.

Posted: November 13th, 2014 07:11AM Vet: North Animal clinic Posted by: coton de tulear rescue in Louisville, KY. Posted: May 24th, 2014 05:05PM Breed: coton de tulear Type: all Vet: Dr. John You cannot beat Dr John's Well Pet clinics at Feeders Supply in Louisville. You do pay ten dollars for the vet visit, and then the cost for the vaccines. If they were not servicing Louisville at Feeder's , the cost of rescue pets would prohibit my ability to provide medical service for them.

Posted by: Jplus3 in Cincinnati, OH. Posted: May 18th, 2014 04:05PM Breed: Bischon/Shih Tzu Type: Vet: Anderson Hills Animal Care This area does monthly vaccine clinics with no Vet exam-$21.00/3yr. rabies plus $5.50/Hazardous waste disposal. Vet exam would have been another $40.00, I think it's all pricey! IMO vet prices are high no matter where you live. I have always tried to find a reputable county vet that strives to offer quality care and low pricing to help pet owners.

Not many areas have this unfortunately, including mine. Posted by: 8450girl in Elk river, MN. Posted: May 13th, 2014 03:05PM Vet: Elk River, MN annual Vet Clinic I attend the community pet clinics given at the city hall every year. There is no vet vet fee which automatically saves me $40 at a minimum. The shots given were Limes, $20 Rabies $20 and DHLLP $10. It took 15 minutes total to stand in line, get shots and pay $50 for all 3 shots offered.

Love the vet clinics. Posted by: RAP in Greenwich, CT. Posted: May 11th, 2013 09:05AM Breed: Shih Tzu Type: Rabies Vet: Dr Suppo This was the annual Town of Greenwich Rabies Clinic given at the town animal shelter. rnrnLooking to still get the Lyme Vaccine for my dog without paying the office visit portion and just for the vaccine - if anyone knows a local Vet that only charges for the Vaccine I'd love to hear about them.

Posted by: djhw500 in Salem, MA. Posted: April 28th, 2013 04:04PM Breed: beagle Type: Vet: NEVC office visit $58rnfecal $57rnrabies $31rnbordetella $37rnear check $34rnmeds for ears $27 ouch!!!! Posted by: Karma in reisterstown, MD. Posted: February 20th, 2013 09:02AM Vet: main street animal hospital Nice staff. Most of them own pitbulls.rnSecond distemperment $50, rabies $35 Posted by: stephanie hino in kaneohe, HI.

Posted: February 13th, 2013 12:02PM Breed: chia/shih tzu Type: puppy 4 wks old Vet: kaneohe VCA hospital 3 strongid-T/pyrantelSs 50mg/ml 14.25rn1 giardiaOva & parasite 85862 36.50rn1 2nd kennel cough-bord (16wks)_ 18.40rn1 2nd leptospirosis vacc (16wk) 20.20rn1 3rd dist/hep/para & parvo 17.75rn1 physical exam/consult 49.00rn1 puppy 3rd set disc -15.60rn1 o.p. injection 22.30rn1 diphenhydramine 50 mg/ml 2.

28rn1 biohazard waste management 5.25rn1 dvm recommended products 0.00rn1 comboGuard 10-20# 270mg (Grn) 109.90rn subtotal 280.23rn tax 13.20rn total 293.43 Posted by: Karin Anderson in Takoma Park, MD. Posted: February 2nd, 2013 05:02PM I order the vaccines on line and pay $2.50 each if I buy in bult Buying individually is $10 and Shipping Of course this is if you can give shots Posted by: barkinghorseranch in mount vernon, WA.

Posted: February 11th, 2012 12:02PM Breed: mastiff Type: We buy our vaccinations at the local feed store and bring our dogs to the vet for Rabies/yearly check-ups. I used to work at a vet hospital and was going to college to become one. It didn't take me long to realize how over priced they are and how guilty I felt knowing that people were paying for services they could easily perform themselves.

A few shots to dogs in the hospital and I had no trouble giving them to my horse or dogs. I hope this helps. rn*make sure you buy the correct ones for your pets age Posted by: Liz M. in Brattleboro, VT. Posted: February 7th, 2012 03:02PM Breed: labrador Type: black Vet: Brattleboro Vet clinic 4 way Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHPP), Lyme disease vac. and a brief exam. I feel I overpaid! shouldn't the Dr.

at least look in the puppy's ears? Perhaps discuss heartworm? or deworm? p.s. the 1st set of shots was provided by Breeder. 2nd set was administered by local vet which cost only $25.00 for the same as stated above, however that vet is fighting cancer and presently unable to practice. Posted by: 123456789 in NORFOLK, VA. Posted: July 24th, 2011 08:07AM Breed: AUSTRIAN SHEPHERD Type: Vet: BANFIELD OFFICE VISIT $40.

95VACCINE - RABIES $16.95MEDICAL WASTE DISPOSAL FEE $3.40TOTAL COST $61.30I CONSIDER THIS PRICE EXCESSIVE. NEVER AGAIN. Posted by: Sair Korb in Cavan, Ontario, Canada, Other. Posted: February 23rd, 2011 06:02PM Breed: beagle crosses Type: male neutered Vet: Cavan Hills Veterinary services 2 dogs: included in price was4 way vacc: lepto/distemper/rabies/dappvfull exam of both dogsdental exam of one dogplus : 12 month supply of revolution (heartworm, whipworm, tapeworm, intestinal worm, flea and tick prevention) Posted by: a user in Minneapolis, MN.

Posted: January 15th, 2011 08:01AM Breed: Shih Tzu Type: Male Vet: Dr. Pfeifer We just went in to give our puppy his second round of boosters and check up. The check up was 45$, the boosters cost 28$, and in addition, we got a stool to check for any existing worms, which cost 38$. Was this too expensive? Posted by: Nicolette in Kalamazoo, MI. Posted: September 1st, 2010 08:09PM I have a few comments in response to website tip that you can give vaccines yourself.

1. The veterinarian recommended yearly visit is not to simply get your pets shots. It allows your pet to get a thorough exam and enables potential problems or illnesses to be detected early. Your vet can test pet for heartworm disease, check for worms, and may even recommend blood testing to evaluate organ function, particularly if pet is older, if something abnormal on exam, or if indicated based on pets history.

These are not things that can be done by owner giving pet his/her vaccines.2. This website recommends that in selecting a vet to give your pet shots, you should ask how long he/she has been practicing and how much continuing education he/she has received. Well, this hardly seems relevant if the owner can with no education or practice experience just go ahead and give the shots him/herself.3. Rabies can only be given by a licensed veterinarian.

Posted by: allyb2k in Glendale, WV. Posted: September 1st, 2010 08:09AM Breed: shelty Type: Vet: glendale animal hospital they were very nice, well check $24, rabies shot $15, booster shot $12, frontline $14, fecal test $27 Posted by: Nikkie in Oakville, Other. Posted: August 13th, 2010 05:08PM Breed: Pug Type: female Vet: Oakville Ontario I paid a $900.00 puppy package which includes all her shots for the year (including rabies), heartworm/ring worm/parasite medication, and a spay.

We also get 10% off any appointments in case she gets sick, food and treats. I'm still on the fence whether it was worth it, but after reading what some people paid just for a spay, it just might have been! Posted by: Glover in Barrie, CA. Posted: August 3rd, 2010 01:08PM Breed: Yellow,Labrador Type: Vet: McLean House call vet.serv Its a mobile veterinary service they work out of a rv it s awsome.

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Puppy shots are an important part of routine puppy care. Un-vaccinated puppies are vulnerable to all sorts of infections and diseases, some of them serious and often fatal. The 2017 AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) recommendations for puppy vaccination are the most up-to-date veterinary guidelines for puppies and dogs in the USA. Use these links to jump directly to the information you're looking for, or simply scroll down to learn everything you need to know about puppy shots: What Shots Does My Puppy Need? According to the AAHA guidelines there are four CORE vaccines that all puppies need: Canine Adenovirus-2 (aka CAV-2 or Canine Hepatitis)  This puppy shot protects against a viral disease which attacks your pup/dogs' respiratory system.

One of the causes of Kennel Cough Canine Parvovirus (aka 'Parvo') This one protects your puppy from the dreaded (and deadly) Parvo. A viral disease which affects his intestines, lymph nodes, bone marrow and sometimes even his heart Distemper This vaccinations protects against the viral disease Distemper, which affects his respiratory system, intestines and central nervous system   Rabies Protects against Rabies, a deadly viral disease which affects your pup's central nervous system.

These same vaccinations are also recommended by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). There are no 'cures' for the diseases these core vaccines protect against. If you're worried that the vaccinations will hurt your pup, don't be. The discomfort is minimal and most puppies barely notice the needle.  However, adverse reactions to puppy vaccinations can, and do, happen.  Some breeds are more at risk of side effects.

Small breeds given multiple vaccinations at the same time are most at risk. It's important to be aware of the signs of a reaction. When Do Puppies Get Their Shots? This is the recommended timeline for puppy vaccinations. Puppies normally get their first shots around 8 weeks old, but they can be given earlier if needed (ie with stray, abandoned pups or those who were formula fed). Three sets of combination vaccinations are usually given at 3 week intervals.

The most common combination is a 3-in-1 shot for Distemper, Parvo,  Adenovirus. Sometimes a 4-in-1 is given to include Parainfluenza. 8 weeks - first round 11 weeks - second round 14 weeks - third round 16 weeks - Rabies vaccination  * Breeds which are especially vulnerable to Canine Parvovirus can be given an additional (fourth) Parvo vaccination at 16 weeks of age. This includes Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and Pitbull Terriers.

The Timing of Puppy Shots is Important Very young puppies have a certain amount of natural immunity that they get from their mothers milk, but that begins to diminish somewhere between 5 and 8 weeks of age. If a puppy is vaccinated while he still has a significant level of maternal antibodies in his bloodstream, the vaccine won't be effective. Some studies have indicated that at 6 weeks old only 25% of puppies vaccinated respond to a vaccine by producing antibodies.

By 18 weeks that figure has risen to 95%. Non-Core Vaccinations For Puppies All puppies need to have the core shots to protect them from the most common dog illnesses. But there are also other diseases/conditions that some pups may be at risk of catching. These can also be prevented by vaccination, but it's important to know that not all puppies need (or should have) these. Sometimes it depends on the part of the country (or world) that you live in.

Other times the activities your pup will take part in, or where he'll spend a lot of his time is the key. Additional non-core canine can vaccines include : Bordatella (the most common bacteria responsible for Kennel Cough, which affects the upper respiratory system) Giardia (a internal parasitic disease) Lyme Disease (a bacterial illness usually affecting joints, but can also spread to the major organs).

** Although available, Coronavirus is no longer a vaccination recommended by the AAHA (2017) There are also combination vaccines which contain the core vaccines and some of the optional ones. These include: The 5-in-1 puppy vaccine which also includes protection against Leptospirosis and Canine Parainfluenza. The 7-in-1 puppy vaccine  which gives additional protection against other strains of Adenovirus (CAV-1 which affects the liver) and Leptopsirosis.

Although these combo-shots are given very routinely, research is begining to indicate that giving several vaccines as a combined shot may lead to a higher risk of allergic reactions and other side effects. If you're concerned about any of this discuss it with your veterinarian. You can ask for some vaccinations to be given singly (if your vet has/can get) these. After the first set of shots you can also ask for your pup's blood titers to be checked before you give him any subsequent ones.

If your pup will be boarded, kenneled, attend dog training classes or be 'out-and-about' a lot (which hopefully he/she will to get those valuable puppy socialization experiences ) you need to have the Bordatella vaccine given. There are two options for administering the Bordatella vaccine... a 'shot' or nasal drops. I prefer my puppies/dogs to get the nasal drop option as it works faster and doesn't need to be repeated in 4 weeks the way the shot does.

If your dog isn't a hugely social animal, then annual boosters are enough. BUT if he travels a lot, goes to doggie day care, is boarded or at the dog park regularly then having the vaccine given twice a year is recommended. How Much Do Puppy Vaccinations Cost? Veterinary care is fairly expensive, even for routine things like vaccinations and preventative - BUT it is absolutely essential if you want your puppy to survive and to live a happy and healthy life.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Dog? Raising a puppy and keeping him happy, healthy and well-fed throughout his lifetime is NOT cheap. Before you add a dog to your family it's a good idea to make sure you can afford his care.  Check out this page to find out what you need to know....The Real Cost of Dog Ownership Getting Fidos' puppy shots taken care of is going to be one of the first puppy-parenting health-care responsibilities that you face, so it's understandable that you'd like to know how much they are going to cost.

Unfortunately there's no 'one-size-fits-all' answer to this question because a lot depends on where you live, your own veterinarians' protocol, your income and so on. All regular veterinary clinics offer vaccinations, and there are low-cost vaccination clinics (including the SPCA & VetCo which are found in PetCo stores) in many towns and cities.  Some vets (eg. Banfield clinics which are found in Petsmart stores) offer annual programs and package deals for vaccinations and other routine procedures.

Although I can't give you an exact figure for how much your puppy vaccinations cost, I can give you some ballpark figures to work with based on costs in my area (rural central USA)..... Banfield Pet Hospitals Banfield offer wellness plans that vary in price according to your puppy/dogs' age and needs. However, here's a look at what routine vaccinations cost: 4-way combo vaccine - $30 (x3) Bordatella vaccine - $23 (usually x1) Rabies vaccine - $18 (x1) Vet office visit - $40 (x3) So for all 3 sets of shots & visits, including the Rabies shot, you're looking at.

. Total: $251.00 VetCo Clinics VetCo offer low-cost services/packages. Here's a look at what it may cost you for basic vaccination & deworming package. Puppy Wellness Package includes: 5-in-1 combo vaccineBordatella vaccineLeptospirosis vaccineRoundworm/Hookworm treatmentRabies vaccine  Total: $82 Vaccinations can be administered separately for $32 each. Estimated Cost Of Puppy Vaccinations & Vet Checks Individual veterinary clinics charges vary considerably, but in most cases you will be paying for an office visit, a combination vaccine, bordatella and a routine deworming.

Average costs for a the combo vaccine and additional non-core vaccines range between $20 and $40 per shot, per administration. Vet visits (often mandatory for shots) can cost anywhere from $30 to $60+ Rabies vaccinations are usually between $15 and $30 but can be more. Over-Vaccination Concerns? Vaccination, or over-vaccination, is a hot topic these days. Both for people and animals. Sooner... or later? Some veterinarians prefer to start vaccinations a little later at 9 or 10 weeks due to concerns about the effectiveness of vaccines when given too early and the possible side effects.

As your puppy is very vulnerable to disease until he's been fully vaccinated, the only problem with this 'late start' is that you will need to keep him well clear of any strange dogs or outdoor/indoor areas where other dogs may have been for longer. There is a fair amount of conflicting opinions among vets and veterinary care professionals as to how many vaccinations puppies (and dogs) should be given.

How often they should get them, and how the shots should be given (singly or as combination vaccines). Although the AAHA and AVMA still recommend yearly boosters for all dogs. A lot of research shows that this is not strictly necessary - and can even cause health problems. If you're concerned about over-vaccinating your puppy, talk to your veterinarian as there is another option.... Titers & Vaccinations After Fido has had his first set of puppy shots, you can ask your vet to check the titers in his bloodstream before he gets any more vaccinations.

Titers are a measurement of the antibodies to disease which exist in your pup's bloodstream. After being vaccinated, it takes about 10 days for the antibodies to show up in tests. To find out whether or not your puppy's vaccinations have boosted his immunity to a particular disease, or diseases, you can have your vet run a blood test for those specific antibodies about 2 weeks after he's been vaccinated.

If the titer level is high enough to confirm immunity, then your pup is unlikely to need to be re-vaccinated. Generally once your puppy has had three sets of the combination puppy shots, plus the Rabies shot, he will be well protected. Protection isn't immediate though, and I would recommend waiting at least a week after your pup has received his final set of puppy shots before venturing out into public areas.

There are however no guarantees and even after three sets of combination vaccines occasionally puppies still get sick. So always be careful to avoid dogs who might appear sick, or areas where stray dogs might roam. Allergic Reactions To Puppy Vaccinations Although most puppies hardly even notice when their puppy shots are given, and show no ill effects afterward, it's not terribly unusual for a pup to have an allergic reaction of some sort to a vaccine.

Adverse reactions to puppy shots are more often seen when the vaccine is a combination one. This is because these put a heavier load on your puppy's immune system.  Many times these reactions are mild, and last only a day or two. But now and then they can be severe enough to warrant a trip to the veterinarian. All puppy owners should be aware of the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, because if your puppy does have a bad reaction, you need to know! Symptoms vary from mild or moderate to severe.

Here's a closer look at what you might notice after your puppy is vaccinated.... Mild Reactions Luckily most reactions are mild, and symptoms can include: A lump/swelling/knot at the site of the injection itself Slight fever Lethargy or a depressed/sad looking little pup!  Loss of appetite Loose stools BUT, don't worry, in these cases your puppy is just feeling a little tired or 'off color' and the symptoms are short lived and don't usually need veterinary treatment.

  Moderate Reactions Symptoms of a moderate allergic reaction to puppy immunizations usually involves Swelling and/or hives Vomiting Diarrhea Abscess or hair loss at injection site Changes in behavior Joint problems Benadryl Dosage The correct dosage of Benadryl for a dog is 1/2mg per pound of body weight, given every four hours. I'd recommend using tablets rather than the liquid because liquid Benadryl contains alcohol which is bad for dogs.

With very young pups or tiny breeds, even this dosage may not be safe... so again TALK TO YOUR VET FIRST!  Swelling is often especially noticeable around the mouth, eyes, face and neck, although welts can appear anywhere on your puppy's body.  This kind or reaction usually occurs within a few hours of the vaccination. It can progress and become severe, so if you notice any swelling or hives appearing on your pup, take him back to the veterinarian's office right away.

As an interim measure you can give your little guy/gal some Benadryl to help reduce this swelling - but do check this with your vet first.  Veterinary treatment for this type of reaction may also include steroids and other anti-histamines. Some of the other side effects can cause serious problems or lead to chronic health issues, so if your pup has any of these contact your veterinarian for advice.

  This Fairly Rare Condition Can Occur After Vaccination...... An relatively uncommon auto-immune condition called 'Puppy Strangles' (aka 'Juvenile Cellulitis) can occasionally result as an adverse reaction to vaccinations. The first symptoms are swelling of the face (especially the muzzle, lips and around the eyes), the appearance of pimples, boils or pustules on the face which ooze and crust. This is followed quickly by swelling under/around the jaw area due to rapidly enlarging lymph nodes.

The puppy can soon look as though he's being strangled, hence the name for the condition. This can be treated very effectively with antibiotics and cortico-steroids, but prompt treatment is essential as the condition worsens rapidly and can even be fatal if left untreated. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to this condition than others and these include Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, Gordon Setters and Siberian Huskies - but ANY breed can develop it.

Severe Reactions The most serious allergic reaction to puppy shots is Anaphylaxis This is life-threatening and usually strikes within minutes of the vaccine being given. You might first notice vomiting/diarrhea and a loss of balance. Anaphylaxis causes a sudden drop in your puppy's blood pressure, and generalized swelling which can result in breathing difficulties, seizures and even death. It's an emergency situation and if you have already left the veterinarian's office you need to get your pup back there immediately.

He/she may need oxygen, IV fluids or other medical intervention, so don't waste any time.  Luckily moderate to severe allergic reactions to puppy shots are pretty rare and are generally much less of a danger to your puppy than the diseases they prevent.  IMPORTANT: If your puppy does have a bad reaction to his shots, it's important to remind your veterinarian about that at his next vaccination appointment.

Some vets may want to give a puppy like this an antihistamine before giving the shots, and/or to monitor him for a while afterwards... just to be safe. It's also possible that your vet will recommend giving the vaccines separately rather than as a 'combo' vaccine to reduce the risks of a reaction. There seems to be a higher incidence of a severe allergic reaction, such as anaphylaxis, to the vaccines for Rabies, Parvo and Leptosirosis.

These are all 'killed vaccines' (ie they don't contain live strains of the disease they are protecting against.  At first this seems counter-intuitive, surely if the strain isn't live it isn't as strong, right? WRONG. Killed vaccines contain higher concentrations of the virus in each dose than live vaccines do. Killed vaccines also contain additional added ingredients (designed to enhance the immune system response) which live vaccines do not.

There are some dog breeds that are more likely to suffer an allergic reaction to vaccinations, these include (but aren't limited to)..... Australian Shepherds Miniature Dachshunds West Highland White Terriers Old English Sheepdogs Akitas Portuguese Water Dogs Weimaraners Harlequin Great Danes Scottish Terriers Shetland Sheepdogs Dogs who are mostly white in color, or have 'diluted' coat colors (such as blue or fawn, or blue-fawn) and merle or black/white color combinations seem to be more at risk.

So, the bottom line is that you need to watch your puppy closely for the first day or so after he's had his puppy shots. Any major reaction is most likely to occur within 24 hours (often much sooner). An allergic reaction of any sort is unlikely to happen after the first shot though, it's subsequent ones that you should pay particular attention to. Although it's necessary to be aware of what could happen, don't panic about this! Thousands of puppies are vaccinated every day with no ill-effects, or only a very mild reaction.

The risks you run if you don't vaccinate your pup are much higher, so protecting your puppy is way too important to be forgotten or avoided. Vaccinations For Adult Dogs Adult dogs must by law receive dog 'booster' vaccinations for Rabies. There is also a booster recommendation for the other CORE vaccines. If you prefer not to vaccinate without knowing whether or not your dog NEEDS another shot,  your vet can check the antibody 'titers' (basically the level of antibodies in your dog's bloodstream to any particular disease) and vaccinate only if they are too low.

This can help to prevent over-vaccinating your dog, which may lead to auto-immune problems and other illnesses. BUT these tests do cost extra money. Current AAHA guidelines recommend booster shots be given every three years (rather than annually as it has been in the past). However, these are only guidelines and many vets continue to want to vaccinate annually. If you've adopted an older pup or adult dog and don't know their puppy shots history, then the minimum vaccinations you'll need to get them are against Distemper, Parvo and Hepatitis - and of course, Rabies.

He/she will need two rounds of these vaccines, given 3 weeks apart. Vaccination is a BIG topic and scientific research is still very active in this area.  To get the big picture view of vaccinating adult dogs - including the pros & cons, ongoing research, options and more, check out this page... Dog Vaccination 101 You Might Also Be Interested In........ Home › Puppy Health › Puppy VaccinationsHome › Puppy Vaccinations

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