Can I Give My Dog a Vaccination at Home?

Can I Vaccinate My Dog?Can dogs be given vaccination shots at home? For most folks, we say no. Immunization isn’t for squeamish owners or those without sufficient knowledge.

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That said, administering vaccines doesn’t have to be difficult or intimidating. Giving your dog shots just requires careful research and a can-do attitude.

Vaccinations can be done in the comfort of your home. It’s not complicated. We’ll help you get a handle on this important aspect of dog ownership.

Can I Give My Dog a Vaccination? Answer: If you know what you’re doing

Leave it to a professional if you’re feeling uncertain.

Your dog definitely requires a Rabies vaccination. This shot must be done by a licensed veterinarian. It’s the law in nearly all states. Other inoculations can be administered at home. It’s understandable to want to do it yourself. You’ll save $1,000+ dollars over the course of a dog’s lifetime. Going to a vet is also stressful for pets!

The thing is, since a veterinarian is required for at least 1 vaccine (sometimes yearly), most people have them do the other shots too.

Which Shots are a Must

Besides Rabies, have your dog vaccinated for Distemper, Adenovirus (Type 1 and 2), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. Others mostly depend on where you live and the associated risks.

An all-in-one vaccination kit will protect against core diseases. Getting a Canine Spectra® combination is recommended. Securing individual vaccines usually isn’t cost effective or practical.

How Often is Debatable

The core vaccines are given to puppy dogs three times, over the course of several weeks, starting from 10 to 12 weeks of age. Doing this is crucial for your canine.

Follow-up booster shots are typically done a year later. But after that, a yearly frequency is now considered to be unnecessary. Over-vaccinating is commonplace.

You can probably get away with doing most boosters every 5 years or so. Geography, breed, age and your dog’s medical history are all factors.

Document your dog’s vaccinations. Good records are essential!

Additional Vaccinations

Many owners also immunize their dogs against Hepatitis, different kinds of Leptospira, Coronavirus, Lyme disease and Bordetella (tracheobronchitis or kennel cough).

Speak with your vet about which vaccinations make sense. If your dog is outdoors all the time it could be a factor.

Extensive inoculations for your dog may be in order but, again, there are many considerations.

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Cleaning your dog’s teeth and ears is routine, but vaccines are a bigger responsibility. Go in for vaccinations if you aren’t confident.

Sometimes full immunization can only be achieved with expert help. The less common vaccines are difficult to obtain.

Look into Canine Spectra® products. Their kits have 5-way protection all the way up to comprehensive boosters for 10 diseases.

Watch this video for how to safely carry out a vaccination on your dog!

Shots Have Side Effects

Dangers do exist, especially if you home vaccinate. Anaphylactic reactions are rare, but a dog could die from this complication without life saving measures.

A possibility of an allergic reaction is one reason why pet parents don’t take on this vital task.

Conclusion on Vaccinating

Giving your dog vaccinations is possible. A vet is only required for Rabies shots. Other immunizations can be done at home, every 5 years or so. Do extensive research before administering vaccines or boosters to a pet. When in doubt, get a professional’s assistance for your dog’s vaccinations.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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