Can I Give My Dog a Vaccination at Home?

Can I Vaccinate My Dog?Are you thinking of giving your dog some vaccination shots at home? Views about this idea are all over the place and there’s also a lot of mistrust, in general, of immunizations. It’s a huge issue for owners so let’s discuss it.

The internet has spread doubts about what should be routine vaccinations. Make no mistake about it, you definitely need to get them done for your pet dog. Do not let baseless rumors affect a best friend’s health.

Hopefully you absolutely agree and so the real question becomes: can you do any of the vaccinations yourself? We will focus on that possibility right here for your dog’s sake.

Can I Give My Dog a Vaccination? Answer: No, a vet should do it

It’s best to leave it to a professional, unless you have experience.

You can, however, provide an effective natural antibiotic for Parvo Virus if your pup is already suffering from this viral disease. But there are lots of dog owners wanting to administer common preventative vaccines. The thinking is, if you could do the required vaccine injections yourself, costly vet bills could be avoided. Others just like to be hands-on with their dogs and shots don’t scare them a bit. Whatever your reasoning, read on!

DIY Vaccinations for Dogs

There are do-it-yourself vaccination kits but some important materials aren’t even available for purchase. Cleaning your dog’s teeth and ears is one thing, but administering vaccines is an entirely different kind of responsibility. Again, only a natural aid for overcoming Parvo is easily given at home.

On the other hand, you may have some specialized experience working with animals. Maybe you are a nurse, or a doctor, in which case go for it! Otherwise, just leave vaccinations to the professionals. Many governments actually require that a licensed vet administer vaccines, so you’ll have a tough time getting full immunization for your dog.

Get the Required Shots

The Rabies vaccine is mandated by law in the United States. View the laws in all 50 states regarding Rabies vaccination so you can familiarize yourself with the requirements. Almost all states require that a licensed veterinarian perform the Rabies shot.

Several other core vaccines are recommended, and often legally required, for dogs. Perhaps they have already received them which is why you absolutely must keep good records. This is another reason why vets are important since your dog’s medical history will be documented.

Core Canine Vaccinations

Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus are the other serious viral infections dogs are most susceptible to and which need to be protected against with vaccinations. Many people also protect their dogs against Parainfluenza and Bordetella. Puppies typically are given the core vaccinations from 8-12 weeks after birth.

Many dogs require antibiotics for certain bacterial infections.

Some Vaccine Side Effects

Know the dangers if you plan to vaccinate a dog yourself. If your canine experiences an anaphylactic reaction, which is quite rare, then your dog could die since they won’t have access to life saving measures. An allergic reaction may be the top reason why you shouldn’t chance it.

Duration Doubts & Timing

Over-vaccinating is an issue. It can be difficult to nail down how often dogs should receive additional doses of an immunization. Most vets say that vaccinating yearly is unnecessary and the conventional thinking now favors a frequency of every 3 years or so. It really depends on risk factors including geographic location, breed, age and medical history. Let a veterinary professional determine what’s best for your dog.

Conclusion on Vaccinating

You probably shouldn’t vaccinate your dog at home. Get your vet’s opinion regarding the required shots, frequency and risks as they apply to your dog. Most professionals offer excellent immunization advice. Hearing the information may make you realize that expert assistance is best. This way you can forget about all the vaccination confusion and go back to focusing on the happier aspects of dog ownership!

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Emilee August, 2016

I do my dog’s vaccinations on my own. Same with examinations. I used to be a veterinary technician and I can tell you that all those fees are a racket. You’re paying for the vet’s overhead fees to run a business. Unless your pet is seriously sick (vomiting, not eating, etc.), exams and vaccines can easily be done at home.

The only vaccine I have to take my dog in to get is Rabies as it’s required by Colorado state law that it has to be administered by a licensed veterinarian. For vaccination records, I keep a spreadsheet of my dog’s vaccinations and dates. I also keep a pet record where I paste the vaccine label next to the entry. This is no different than what you would get at a vet’s office.


Lance January, 2016

I live in Wisconsin. Can I give my hounds their rabies shots and be legal?


Brenda January, 2016

When I board my dog it is required that they have had the vaccine in the last six months or they cannot be admitted. I am not sure that it prevents kennel cough but it does help the spread if all dogs are vaccinated. I am happy there is that requirement and I won’t board my dog where it is not required. Your vet can usually just fax their vaccination record right to the kennel. It’s well worth the money.


Erick November, 2015

Paying a veterinarian to administer vaccinations is almost as bad as hiring an electrician to change light bulbs. When I first took my puppy to the vet she charged us $30 for a penicillin dose that cost pennies. What a racket!


Indira November, 2015

I have a Lab that has been suffering from hot spots for several years. One vet said if they didn’t go away, they might recommend putting her down. The vet prescribed a topical spray called Genesis, which is no longer available. It cleared up the spot, but my dog kept getting them in multiple locations over the years. I have come to understand hot spots as an allergic reaction.

Since my dog’s environment remained the same I figured it was the dog food. I tried over 15 types of dog food, mostly the grain-free kind and natural brands. I also found a homeopathic vet that prescribed cell salts and homeopathic liquids. The hot spots diminished in occurrence but they came and went. When I started to make my own dog food at home, the hot spots completely disappeared. Our dog went from 98 pounds (overweight) to an acceptable weight of 71.

She is 8 years old and has developed 3 mast cell tumors on her belly. I had them removed successfully. She currently tests negative for cancer. On a side note, she had her last rabies shot in 2012, and she experienced a terribly high fever and acted sick for a couple days. I believe the vaccination lowered her immunity which started the ball rolling into allergic responses leading to skin issues and mast cell tumors.

Just as they are finding with people, our pets are being over vaccinated. Vaccines have been found to have mercury and other substances that are toxic. Be aware and be concerned. Changing my pet’s diet was critical, and she is all the better for it. Take control, read and research, and by all means don’t let anyone scare you into thinking you have to buy pet food. And by the way, consider your own diet as a pathway to well-being. It’s worth the effort.


Barbara August, 2015

Some vets will give you the IV to administer at home which is great. But nowadays there are so many greedy ones who are only in it for the money. Most will want you to pay the office visit and for the stay of the animal.


Craig August, 2015

I have been vaccinating my dogs for years with no problems. Rarities like anaphylactic shock are just that, rare, no different then stepping off a curb and getting run over by a car. My dog is a lot calmer taking a shot from me then a stranger she doesn’t know well or hasn’t learned to trust.


Barbara August, 2015

I have been doing the same. When I have them spayed or neutered, they see a vet. I recently tried to rescue another from a different shelter and was told I need shot records from a vet in order to save a dog from either being put down or live in a jail cell. I’m trying to find a way around this. I have rescued dogs for many years and never had a problem before.


Sherrie September, 2015

Do you also do rabies at home? I’d like to do my own. Thank you!


Carla November, 2015

Call your state’s Health Services. Some states have special classes where you can do this at home.


Mary Jane November, 2015

Where do you get your vaccine supply? Did you administer the 3-year rabies vaccine as well?


Ben December, 2015

I get my shots from Tractor Supply. In North Carolina it is the law that a vet has to do the rabies shot. Shots are cheap, about $9 for the 5-way and $11 for the 7-way. They also have a vet come once a month to give rabies shots at cost of the shot. Call your Tractor Supply and ask, it never hurts and saves hundreds of dollars.


Misty July, 2015

I would much rather give my own dogs their vaccines. I do not want to take my babies to the vet and stress them out with weird people, strange dogs and other animals. Not to mention they might pick up a nasty bug. Also, the cost is so outrageous.


Aino June, 2015

I vaccinate my own dogs and have done so for the last 25 years. I administer everything but Rabies, since the law requires a vet. In both Florida and Alaska, you can purchase the ‘5 in one’ and ‘7 in one’ and a couple other single vaccines in most feed stores. It’s easy and I would say anyone who wants to do it can do so.


Cherie November, 2014

I will probably will not trust any vets again. We just brought our puppy through Parvo. The vet wanted $3,500 or to put him down. We took him home and gave him an IV, water and an emergency Parvo tea recipe and it worked. He was constantly vomiting and squirting diarrhea. His sister died and we were heartbroken but we knew we had to take other measures to save her brother.

Today he is eating, walking and not getting sick. We have ordered Parvaid and Vibactra Plus which cures it unlike what the vet gives you. We have our family member back and he is on the road to recovery.


Lori December, 2014

I have a 2 month old puppy and 2 grown dogs. Parvo is everywhere here in Arizona. I am doing research on shots that I can do here. Can I ask you how you saved your little boy? You gave him an IV? Where did you get the supplies? I just want to be ready just in case. Thanks.


Sherri August, 2015

My aunt also has brought a pup through Parvo. With advice from a local vet, she administered Pepto Bismol and Pedialyte much like you would for a child with a stomach virus. I don’t know the amounts but the Pepto helped with the symptoms while the Pedialyte kept ensured hydration. The puppy survived and is now a healthy adult.


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