Get the step-by step guide to safer vaccinations for your dog.
The vaccine kills lyme bacteria in the tick before they even make it into the dog’s body. (Curt Nickish/WBUR)
But vets continue to guess anyway and they vaccinate every three years or more … and they’re reluctant to use titer tests instead. Your dog relies on your vet to make the right decisions when it comes to vaccines. So please download this printable PDF and discuss it with your vet before you vaccinate your dog again.
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Leptospira vaccines for dogs are now available in two forms:
Your veterinarian can determine what vaccines are best for your dog.
Thefollowing vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinationsare advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpretedto mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be lesssatisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice. So let’s look at the core vaccines and what research has to say about how often they should be given. But before we do, you should first understand that the core dog vaccines (parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus) are not required by law. Only rabies is legally required in the all states in the US and some (not all) Canadian provinces.Boosters It is necessary to boost vaccinations (vaccinating again in a certain time period) to allow for the growth and expansion of the immune response in order to fight off infection upon exposure to the actual disease.
It is recommended to keep your puppy away from unvaccinated dogs while the vaccination process is going on and away from places of multiple dog exposure, if vaccination status of all dogs is not known.
Your vet can be more specific about the vaccination needs based on your individual dog, the particular region of the country in which you live, and your individual circumstances. In general, however, the first-year vaccination schedule for puppies usually resembles the schedule in the table here.