Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

All canine pals – from Chihuahuas to Great Danes – need vaccinations to boost their immune system. Making sure your pet is updated on your vaccines is an easy way to protect them from several serious and potentially life-threatening conditions like rabies. Our team can help you keep track of your pet’s vaccination schedule, so they remain protected all their days. Call us at 905-257-3700 to schedule your next appointment, and to ask any questions about vaccination or other aspects of your pet’s health. 

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What types of vaccines do dogs need?

Vaccines for your loyal companion are divided into two groups: core and non-core. Core vaccines are considered as mandatory for all dogs. They protect against the most transmissible diseases that can harm your pet like rabies, canine parpovirus, canine hepatitis and distemper. Non-core vaccines are optional. The vet will recommend different non-core vaccines to different patients based on their specific medical history, lifestyle and environmental situation. For example, a puppy who lives in a tropical area may require different non-core vaccines compared to a puppy living in a winter climate. Dogs living in BC versus dogs living in Ontario may also have different non-core vaccination needs. Those that protect against Lyme disease, kennel cough and canine influenza are examples of non-core vaccines. 

What happens when dogs miss a vaccination?

Being a few weeks behind a scheduled shot/booster should be no problem. But, if too much time has passed, your pet’s immunity will be compromised and they may have to restart their vaccine course. Adult dogs should receive their core vaccines approximately once every 3 years (except for the rabies vaccine, which should be taken yearly). 

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