When to Take Your Puppy to the Vet for Vaccinations

When to Take Your Puppy to the Vet for Vaccinations

Vaccinations protect your pet from several highly contagious diseases such as canine distemper, parvovirus infection and respiratory tract infections. It also protects against transmissible diseases such as rabies that also pose a risk to humans.

When to vaccinate

There is a specific schedule your veterinarian will help you with. Certain vaccinations are required before you take your pet home with you, others are necessary after that. ‘Re-vaccinations’ are then required. Some of these will contain a repeat rabies vaccination.


Most pets have little to no reaction to vaccination. A few have a fever and reduction in appetite, but this doesn’t last long. In very rare cases, there are severe, even life-threatening allergic reactions. When your pet is attended to immediately, treatment is successful.


There are two types of diseases against which to vaccinate your pet. They’re divided into core- and non-core vaccinations. Core vaccinations should be administered in all regions, while non-core are only given, for instance, when a disease is prevalent in an area, and in discussion with your vet.

To learn more about core and non-core vaccinations, and vaccination schedules, click the link below.

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