If you’ve recently become a pet parent (or are planning to), you might be wondering what vaccines your furry friend will absolutely need. It can be difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t do when getting a puppy — they don’t call them fur babies for nothing!

Core Vaccines

In the pet world, there are 4 core vaccines that are considered absolutely necessary for your pup to get:

  1. Rabies
  2. Canine parvovirus
  3. Distemper
  4. Canine hepatitis

These fab 4 are super important because of the level of risk they pose to your pet and the severity of the disease. Any other vaccines will be determined by your veterinarian based on the exposure risk for your pet.

When You Should Get These Vaccines & its Boosters

This depends on the age of your pet.

  • If you have a puppy…
  • Get them vaccinated when they are around six to eight weeks old.
  • You’ll probably have to go back every 3 to 4 weeks to get the next set of vaccines, and the series should be finished by the time your pup is about 16 weeks old.
  • If you have an older dog…
  • Start by taking your pet in to the vet to see what vaccines they may have already gotten.
  • Then, you will probably have to take them in annually or every three years to get booster shots.

Cost of Vaccines
You’re probably wondering how much all of these vaccines will cost you — who wouldn’t? On average, a rabies vaccine costs about $40. Luckily, parvovirus, adenovirus and distemper are usually all put into a single shot that will also cost around $40.

How to Potentially Save on Vaccines

If you’re a member of Wagmo Wellness, you’ll get reimbursed for these as part of your plan! This means you can put your saved money towards another special treat for your pup!

If you want to save even more money, you can try to find a clinic that will administer low-cost vaccinations for your pet. A simple search should give you plenty of options to choose from in your area.

Pet parenting can be challenging and confusing to say the least, and we’re here to help. We hope this was helpful, and make sure to keep an eye out for our next post!

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