Vaccination Basics for New Puppy Owners

If you’re new to puppy ownership, you may not be familiar with the proper vaccinations that your pooch needs for a lifetime of health and happiness. Here, your vet in Lafayette, LA gives you a crash course.

What Vaccines Does My Pup Need?

Your puppy will need what are known as the core vaccines. These are usually administered together in a batch when your puppy is only a few weeks old. The core vaccines include those against distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, and rabies, and are considered essential for all dogs based on the dangerous and/or contagious nature of the diseases they protect against.

What About Non-Core Vaccines?

Non-core vaccines, as the name implies, aren’t considered necessary for every dog but may benefit some based on exposure risk and other factors. The Bordetella vaccine, which protects against kennel cough and would be helpful for dogs who will commonly be boarded at kennels, is one example.

How Do I Get My Puppy Started?

If you have further questions about the vaccinations your puppy needs, or if you’re unsure if they have already received core or non-core vaccinations, set up an appointment at your animal hospital Lafayette, LA today. We’re here to help!