Vaccination of Dogs - Introduction

Source: PetWave, Updated on August 30, 2016

Things to Consider

Almost all authorities believe that domestic dogs should be vaccinated against common or dangerous infectious diseases. These are called “core” vaccines. Other vaccines may be appropriate based on a particular dog’s risk of infection; these are called “non-core” vaccines. Vaccines don’t always completely protect a dog from getting sick. However, if prepared, stored and administered properly, they usually provide a great deal of protection and reduce the severity of symptoms if the dog does become infected. Veterinarians differ in their recommended vaccine protocols, depending on where they are located and the lifestyle and health of their patients. It is always best to consult with a local veterinarian to come up with the best vaccination schedule for your canine companions.

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