Dogs require vaccinations, just like people. It’s one of the best ways to protect their health. In general, dog vaccinations are designated as either “core” or “non-core.” Most dogs do not need all the available vaccines so It’s important to talk to your vet about their lifestyle and environment to determine which ones are right for your dog.

I know vaccinations can be a hot topic, but please only rely on fact-based research and veterinary professionals. A good resource for pet owners wanting more information is the AAHA website.

What you should know about dog vaccinations

Getting your dog vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do for them. It protects them from many dangerous and potentially fatal diseases. As mentioned above, they are split into two groups.

Core vaccines

Core vaccinations are recommended for all dogs. There are 4 main core vaccines.

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Rabies

Rabies, in particular, is an important vaccine because this disease can end up being fatal for dogs. It can also be spread to humans through the dog’s saliva. In the United States, a dog is legally required to have a rabies vaccine. You can check your state’s specific rabies guidelines here.

Canine Parvovirus is very contagious and life-threatening for pets. It’s one of the most common infectious diseases in dogs. It is spread through direct contact and contaminated surfaces, such as food bowls, collars, or leashes.

Canine distemper is a potentially fatal virus often found in the respiratory system. Sometimes found in dogs that come from shelters or rescue centers, it is spread through contact with bodily secretions or through the air.

Hepatitis is caused by canine adenovirus. It’s also one of the causes of kennel cough. It is spread by coming in contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated feces or urine.

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