Dog Vaccination FAQs

Our Pleasanton, CA, vet always educates people about the importance of pet vaccination. This includes the types of vaccines and how they are scheduled. At Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton, we may receive questions about pet vaccination. This is meant for a brief introduction to vaccinations.

Are you looking for the 'best veterinarian near me?' Your search ends here. Visit us, and we’ll be happy to help you understand more about the vaccinations recommended for your dog.

Dog Vaccinations

Are There Core Dog Vaccinations?

Core pooch vaccinations are considered vital to all canines due to the severity of diseases, risks of exposure, and risk of transmission to other pets and other animal species. The following core vaccinations are usually recommended:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus

It is a good idea to have your dog periodically get vaccinated against certain disease, but the specific required time frames for both dog and puppy vaccinations may vary by state.   

Are There Optional Dog Vaccines?

Yes, and they can include:

  • Lyme Vaccine
  • Bordetella
  • Canine influenza

These vaccines are optional, but they’re important for fighting pet illness. At your next appointment, we will be glad to review which of these vaccines make sense for your pup and make the right recommendation.

Although dog and puppy vaccines are important to your furry friend's overall wellness and health, not every dog or puppy needs to be vaccinated against every illness. Some canine vaccines are administered depending on factors like:

  • Age
  • Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Travel habits
  • Medical history

Discussing the right vaccines for your puppy at your next appointment is a good idea.

What Are the Side Effects of Dog Vaccinations?

The benefits of vaccinations outweigh any risks. Adverse reactions to puppy and vaccinations are rare but as with any immunization protocol, dog and puppy vaccinations might cause some side effects. We suggest that you monitor your dog or puppy after they get vaccinated. Some of the symptoms might include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of appetite

The majority of reactions are short-lived and mild. You should contact a vet for pet care if you notice any severe pet illness or reaction to dog or puppy vaccines, like excessive vomiting, facial swelling, or other concerning signs.

Visit Us for Urgent Care and Pet Vaccination from a “Veterinarian Near Me”

For more information or questions about pet care and vaccinations, make an appointment with the Animal Medical Center of Pleasanton. A Pleasanton, CA, vet on our team can offer pet jabs and urgent care your pet needs to stay active and healthy. Call us at (925) 734-8387.

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