Going into a new year is the best time to write out things that should be done annually and make different appointments. This goes for your health and your dog’s health. Routine dog care includes things like vaccinations and booster shots. Wagmo’s dog wellness plans are designed to keep your pup healthy and prevent illness by covering up to 3vaccinations each year. Here is a list of dog vaccinations you should consider in 2022.
Dog Vaccination TimeLines
Usually, you can begin getting your dog vaccinated as soon as they are weaned from their mother between 6-8 weeks. This may not be possible for everyone, but try to get them into the vet before 12-16 weeks. These initial dog vaccinations are usually for Rabies and DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus). These dog vaccinations are super necessary, so your puppy does not get ill and so they don’t pass an illness on to other animals.
Ask your vet to make a dog vaccination schedule for you so you can add dates to your calendar. Usually, after their first round of vaccinations, you will need to bring them in annually for booster shots.
Dog vaccination schedule:
- DHP: First vaccination at 6-8 weeks
- DHP: Second vaccination at 9-11 weeks
- DHP: Third vaccination at 12-15 weeks
- DHP: Fourth vaccination at 16-20 weeks
- DHP booster every 12 months.
- Rabies: First vaccination at 12 weeks to 6 months
- Rabies booster every 1-3 years.
Additional vaccines are always best when keeping your dog as healthy as possible. This is why dog wellness plans exist, helping pet parents cover routine care without breaking the bank.
Types of Dog Vaccinations
Bordetella Bronchiseptica: This is a standard vaccination that a dog should receive. This vaccine is essential if your dog is going to spend any time at a kennel or doggy daycare, as it helps to prevent kennel cough, whooping cough, and in some cases, seizures as well.
Canine Hepatitis: Hepatitis is a highly contagious viral infection amongst dogs. It is entirely unrelated to human hepatitis. It can affect a dog’s liver, spleen, kidneys, and even eyes. There is no cure for hepatitis, so this vaccine and booster should be a part of your routine dog care.
Canine Distemper: This is a prevalent disease seen in dogs that affect the gastrointestinal tracts and respiratory function. Distemper is airborne, making it highly contagious, it can also be passed from dogs sharing food and water bowls.
Rabies: many new dog owners are not always aware that rabies is still a disease that many mammals carry and can be passed to their dogs. If your dog contracts rabies, the fatality odds are very high. This is usually a required vaccine by most veterinarians.
Lyme Disease: is a bacterial disease that dogs can get from fleas and ticks. Lyme disease can quickly begin to affect your dog’s quality of life. They often have arthritis, kidney disease, and more. Lyme disease is more prevalent in some geographical areas than others, so talk to your vet about whether or not it is necessary. Better safe than sorry.
Canine Periodontitis: The porphyromonas vaccine protects dogs against gum disease. The decaying of a dog’s gums and teeth can eventually lead to canine bacteria entering their bloodstream and finally getting into their bones. This can be fatal, so vaccinating can keep your pup strong for longer.
There are so many different types of vaccines for dogs and many for cats. Vaccines are an essential part of routine dog care, including their dental care. If you’re curious about all the different types of vaccines your vet offers, give them a call or bring your dog in for their vaccine recommendations.
A dog wellness plan with Wagmo can cover up to 4 vaccinations every year to help ensure your dog's long-term health, thanks to dog wellness plans routine dog care. To learn more about dog wellness plans and dog vaccinations, check out Wagmo’s Pet Wellness webpage.