When you get a dog, you are bringing home the responsibility of taking care of another living thing. Medical expenses are a big part of having a pet. Even if your dog is a picture of good health, you need to take them to the vet from time to time. The vet visits are not only for regular check-ups but to get your dog their routine vaccines.
Vaccines are essential to keep some horrifying diseases at bay. Unless you want to keep your dog far from other animals in a doomsday shelter, you need to vaccinate your dog. Your dog does not even need to get bitten by another animal to catch some diseases. Also, if you touch an animal with Canine Distemper or Parvovirus, you can end up bringing home the virus. To ensure that your dog is safe from the contagious diseases, you need to take them to the vet and get them vaccinated.
When to Vaccinate?
Vaccines are not a one and done deal for your dog. As a puppy, you need to give your pup many vaccines. Over the years you need to keep giving booster shots. Not all of the vaccines require boosters. You need to keep giving Rabies and DHPP boosters. American Animal Hospital Association till 2003 recommended the upshot be given annually. But in 2003 the AAHA announced that the upshot vaccines be administered every 3 years instead of annually.
What Vaccines to Give?
When you get your puppy, you need to start them off with the right list of vaccines. Here is a list of vaccines that you might need to give your pup depending on the vet’s recommendation:
• DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza and parvovirus)
• Lyme disease
The upshots that are given, usually, are Rabies and DHPP. Some vets might recommend Coronavirus and Bordetella vaccines as well. No matter what vaccines you are giving your dog make sure there is a gap of 2-4 weeks. Your dog’s body may not be able to take the vaccines if they are administered without much gap.
How Expensive are Vaccines?
The cost of the vaccines might be as follows:
• DHPP can be anywhere between $20-$30 per shot
• Rabies can cost you $10-$15 per shot
• Coronavirus can cost you $10-$15 per shot
• Lyme disease shots are $10-$15
• Leptospirosis can cost $10-$15 per shot
• Bordetella shots come at $10-$15
• Canine Influenza is at $10-$15 per shot.
You need to set aside money for all the vaccines keeping the vaccine schedule in mind.
What Other Medicines to Give?
Along with vaccines you need to buy dog interceptor as well. When you buy dog interceptor, you are protecting your dog from parasites that vaccines cannot kill. If you buy dog interceptor, you save your dog from heartworm, whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm. You also need to give supplements to your dog to ensure that their bodies can take the vaccine doses without reacting to them. Ask your vet for what medicines to give along with the vaccines.