Vaccination can protect dogs, as well as humans, from some diseases. Together with current vaccinations, a yearly veterinarian visit will help keep your cherished companion safe and healthy. Below, you’ll find some general information about your pet’s vaccination requirements.


Vaccines are prescription treatments that activate protective immune responses in pets, preparing them to fight off future infections produced by disease-causing agents. Vaccines can significantly lessen the severity of future diseases and, in some instances, completely prevent sickness. Veterinarians now have access to a comprehensive vaccine library and pet dental services just in case you need it.

Is vaccination a guarantee of protection?

Vaccination is safe and effective in the majority of pets, preventing future illness. Occasionally, a vaccinated pet may lack the necessary protection, and while this is uncommon, these animals may become unwell. However, interruptions in protection do occur, most properly vaccinated pets never exhibit signs of disease, making vaccination an essential component of your pet’s preventive health care.

Which vaccinations should my pet get?

Consult your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle, exposure to other animals, and travel to different geographic locations, as these variables all enhance your pet’s risk of disease exposure. Not all vaccines should be administered to all pets only because they are available.


Immunizations classified as “core” are recommended for the majority of pets in a given location. “Non-core” vaccinations are reserved for pets with unique needs. To tailor a vaccine schedule for your pet, your veterinarian will consider your pet’s unique characteristics, the diseases at hand, and the vaccines currently available. Check this page to learn more about the types of vaccinations that your pet needs. 


When should my pet get a vaccine?

The majority of veterinary organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, recommend that all dogs receive a set of “core” vaccinations as pups and then at regular intervals throughout their lives as adults. They are typically administered at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, followed by one year and then every three years after that. Click here to learn more about pet maintenance care. 


After dogs reach adulthood, opinions vary on how frequently they should receive vaccine boosters. The majority of dogs should get their vaccinations renewed every three years. However, depending on your dog’s health, lifestyle, and immunization history, as well as the vaccine manufacturer’s guidelines, your veterinarian may recommend otherwise. 

Are vaccines for pets safe?

Yes. According to the ASPCA, bad reactions are pretty rare. And the potential repercussions of your pet catching the disease much outweigh the remote possibility that your dog will suffer any significant bad effects.


According to the AVMA, moderate adverse effects of vaccination include soreness or swelling at the injection site, light fever, decreased appetite, low energy, sneezing, or mild coughing. Two to five days after getting an intranasal vaccine, such as some strains of canine influenza or bordetella, your pet may develop a “snotty nose.”


Numerous variables are taken into account when designing a vaccination schedule for your pet. Your veterinarian will create a vaccination program for your pet that will offer lifetime protection against infectious diseases and will aid you in selecting which shots are necessary and which can be delayed or even omitted.