dog vaccinationsDog vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s health plan. Just as infants receive immunization shots, so should puppies. Typically, puppies will receive a series of vaccination shots, with the first between the six to eight week mark. After that, boosters are given about every three to four weeks until at least the sixteenth week. Schedules can vary so it’s best to talk with your veterinarian about the best time for dog vaccinations for your pet.

At East Valley Animal Hospital, we know the importance of wellness and prevention for your family’s best friend. We understand that you might have questions on the benefits of various vaccination approaches. Our team has the answers. We’re happy to provide data and additional information on dog vaccinations. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be when it comes to your furry friend’s health. Dog vaccinations can prevent scary health issues.

Vaccinations can protect your pet against diseases such as parvovirus and rabies. Canine parvovirus (aka parvo) is a highly contagious virus that can make your dog very ill. Vaccination for parvo is especially important if your dog is around a lot of other dogs including the dog park.

We’ve all heard stories and seen horror movies about rabies. Remember Cujo? While they certainly have Hollywood drama, movies have the fundamental point correct. Rabies is a very real disease that causes inflammation of the brain. Vaccinations play a key role in protecting your pet and, in some cases, are required. City and county pet licensing agencies require rabies vaccination before you can get a license for your pet.

There are other vaccinations that might be beneficial for your pet. It’s always best for us to meet your dog first to assess what is needed. Based on your home’s location and your dog’s daily outdoor activity, we can make decisions together about the best approach for your pet. Give us a call to schedule a wellness checkup for your canine friend. We’ll answer all of your questions and help you identify your pet’s path to wellness.