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Keeping your dogs vaccinations up to date is a very important part of being a pet owner. Even if you do not let your dog interact with other animals, you still need to protect her from various bugs and diseases that could strike at any time. Dog vaccinations are usually given at the vet clinic once per year. To keep up with your dog vaccinations, ask your vet to send you a letter each year with upcoming shots and vaccine schedules.

Puppies will need to be vaccinated much more often than once per year. Most puppies will have a vaccine at age 6 and 9 weeks, as well as 12 and 15 weeks. After this, all dogs need an annual booster to keep the vaccination up to date.

What to Know about Dog Vaccinations

What is included in your dog's vaccine will depend on where you live and what diseases are prevalent in the area. Most dogs will be vaccinated from parvovirus, Bordetella, coronavirus, Lyme disease, leptospirosis and rabies. All of these diseases can be serious if not deadly in your dog which is why vaccinations are so important.

While it is not required by any dog law to vaccinate your pet, you will need to have your pet fully vaccinated if you plan to put her in any type of boarding lodge or kennel as well as any possibility of upgrading your apartment. Furthermore, many dog parks require all dogs to be adequately vaccinated. Although you most likely won't need to produce a certificate just to get through the gate, it is common courtesy to the other pet owners to look after your dog.

Additional Pet Treatments

In addition to dog vaccinations, you also need to keep your dogs medicine and treatments up to date. For most pet owners, this includes flea and tick treatment as well as worming tablets. You can also get this done at the vet but it is much less expensive to purchase the treatment at any pet store and do the treatment yourself once a month.

Most flea treatments come in a small liquid form. You simply put the liquid onto the dog's shoulder bones on his back and rub it in. This will prevent fleas and ticks for up to one month. If you live in an area where ticks and fleas are common, you should also check your dog every night for anything unusual, especially if you notice your dog is acting lethargic or unwell. It could be a paralysis tick which can result in death if not treated properly.

Worming treatment comes in a number of options as well. Heart worm is a serious disease in dogs and also quite terrifying as there may not be any symptoms. While it usually affects older dogs, your young pup may have it and just not display signs. Heart worming treatments usually come in a tablet form. You may also purchase an 'all wormer' tablet which also prevents intestinal worms in your dog.

Heart worm in not curable which is why it is so important to not a miss a dose. Intestinal worms in curable but your dog may get quite sick and you will need to make an emergency visit to the vet. Either way, the best thing you can do for your dog, as a dog owner, is to take the necessary precautions against these serious diseases.

As a new pet owner you may have some concerns about vaccinating your dog including any risks and symptoms that may develop. Speak to your vet about the procedure and don't be afraid to ask questions. Discuss dog vaccinations with your vet as soon as you take your new puppy home.

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