Recommended Vaccines
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Vaccines - What Does My Dog Need?

We recommend that you take your puppy or adult dog to a veterinarian for an initial exam. During that exam, you might ask what diseases your dog should be vaccinated for. Some criteria your veterinarian may use include:

  • If your dog will have little contact with other dogs or wildlife, your veterinarian will probably suggest your dog receive a simple 5-way vaccine.

  • If your dog will be exposed to other dogs or animals, your veterinarian may suggest your dog receive a 9-way vaccine.

  • Your veterinarian will be aware if Canine Coronavirus is a problem in your area, in which case she may recommend either a 5-way or a 9-way with Coronavirus vaccine.

  • If you live in an area where there are ticks, your veterinarian may suggest a Lyme vaccine. Topical flea and tick prevention will help further protect your dog from ticks.

  • If your dog will be spending time in kennels or around other dogs for any length of time, or you will be traveling with your dog, your veterinarian may suggest a Bordetella vaccine, which protects against certain types of tracheobronchitis, formerly known as kennel cough.

Once your veterinarian has performed the initial physical exam, you may decide to administer the vaccines yourself. But remember, your dog needs a health check-up at least annually, and by law, a rabies vaccine, which must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

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