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Wondering about giving your dog vaccination shots at home?
Quite honestly, for most folks, we say no. Immunization is not for squeamish owners or those without sufficient knowledge.
With that being said, administering vaccines doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult or intimidating.
Giving your dog shots does require research and a can-do attitude.
Dogs Can Be Given Most Types of Vaccinations at Home (if you know what you’re doing)
But, there is a catch…
Your dog requires a Rabies vaccination and this shot must be done by a licensed veterinarian. It is the law in nearly all states.
We know that going to a clinic is super stressful for lots of pets. The good news is most other inoculations are possible in the comfort of your home.
Do it yourself and you’ll save at least $1,000 over the course of a dog’s lifetime!
But again, a veterinarian is required for at least 1 vaccine (sometimes yearly).
Which Shots are a Must?
Besides Rabies, have your dog vaccinated for:
- Adenovirus (Type 1 and 2)
Other shots will mostly depend on where you live and the associated risks.
An all-in-one vaccination kit can protect against core diseases. A Canine Spectra® combination is highly recommended.
FYI: Securing individual vaccines usually is not cost effective or practical.
How Often is Debatable
Core vaccines are given to puppy dogs 3 times over the course of several weeks starting from 10 to 12 weeks of age.
Doing this is crucial!
Follow-up booster shots are typically done a year later. After that, a yearly frequency is now considered 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.
Pro Tip: Document your dog’s vaccinations. Keep good records!
Many owners also immunize their dogs against:
- different kinds of Leptospira
- Lyme disease
- Bordetella (tracheobronchitis or kennel cough).
Speak with your vet about which vaccinations make sense.
Is your dog outdoors all the time?
It could be a factor. Extensive inoculations may be in order but, again, there are many considerations.
Our Vaccine Viewpoint
Go in for vaccinations if you’re unsure. Leave it to a professional.
Sometimes full immunization can only be achieved with expert help.
Again, consider that less common vaccines are difficult to get.
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
You need to know that additional dangers exist when home vaccinating.
Thankfully, Anaphylactic reactions are rare.
Nevertheless, dogs have died from this complication without the benefit of life-saving measures.
A possibility of an allergic reaction is just one reason why owners choose not to take on this vital task.
The Bottom Line
Giving your dog vaccinations is certainly 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 any vaccines or boosters.
When in doubt, get a professional’s assistance for your dog.