Puppy Vaccinations 101

Puppies will lead the happiest, healthiest lives possible if they have received the proper vaccinations. Below, your Myrtle Beach vet goes over the basics.

How do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines work by stimulating a dog’s immune system with a small strain of the disease that it’s designed to protect against. Your dog’s system then develops antibodies, and is able to recognize and fight off the disease later in life.

What Vaccines do Puppies Need?

The core vaccines that most puppies should receive include the canine distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and rabies vaccines. Thanks to the dangerous and contagious nature of these diseases, such vaccines are considered necessary for almost all dogs.

Some dogs benefit from non-core vaccines as well. Ask your vet if your puppy requires any additional vaccinations aside from those in the core group.

Do Vaccines Need Updated?

Yes, most vaccines require booster shots every year or every few years. Most dog owners have their pup’s vaccinations performed at a yearly check-up.

Feel free to ask your veterinarian for more specifics on each vaccine that your dog requires. If your puppy needs their initial batch of vaccinations, set up an appointment at your Myrtle Beach veterinarian’s office right away.

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