|$ $ Puppy Shots: $75 - $350|
If you’re planning on getting a puppy, there are a few things you should consider first.
You’ll have to buy accessories like a dog bed, food and water bowls, a collar, toys, and any other thing your new dog might need.
But you will also have to think about his or her health, beyond what kind of food to get.
Depending on your puppy’s age, he or she will need a combination of shots to protect them from viruses or bacteria that might cause serious diseases or even death.
Not vaccinating your dog has consequences not only for your dog and yourself, but it will also have consequences for other dogs that they might encounter in the street or park, becoming a serious problem for others as well.
In the next few sections, we’ll discuss puppy shots, their benefits, when to get them, and what their cost is.
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Why Should My Puppy Get Vaccinated?
Your puppy needs to get vaccinated to stimulate its immune system.
This way, its body will be protected from several major and even fatal diseases like distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, or parvovirus.
Vaccines have pathogens that will help your dog’s immune system to identify them and destroy them, therefore preventing future serious diseases.
However, you must remember most of the vaccines need boosters when your dog becomes an adult.
Regular visits with the vet are important to keep control of the necessary vaccinations your dog requires as it becomes older.
What Are The Benefits of Vaccinating My Puppy?
Besides giving your puppy’s immune system this great tool to fight and destroy viruses and bacteria, shots will help your dog to socialize with other dogs and pets.
Most grooming shops, daycares, dog trainers, and dog walkers ask for your dog’s vaccination certificate to provide any services he or she might need.
They handle large numbers of dogs, so they need to make sure every dog there is healthy, so they won’t infect other dogs or pets in the area.
This also applies to any other pet you might have in your home.
Your puppy will be healthy and will be able to share and play with other dogs wherever you take him or her.
When Should My Puppy Be Vaccinated?
The first shots that your puppy will get are distemper and parvovirus when they’re 6 to 8 weeks old.
After this first series, they will need two more shots series every four weeks.
When your puppy is 10 to 12 weeks, they’ll get the DHPP vaccine (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus), as well as leptospirosis, Bordetella, or Lyme disease, as optional.
At 16 to 18 weeks old, your puppy will get another round of DHPP and the first rabies vaccine, and any other optional vaccines the vet might recommend.
When your dog is 12 to 16 months old, they will receive another DHPP and rabies vaccine, and optional vaccines that will vary according to your dog’s lifestyle.
How Much Do Puppy Shots Cost?
The price will vary depending on the city or town where you live, the area where your house is, and how you get your puppy’s shots.
If you adopt a puppy, he or she will probably already have core vaccines until the age you take them home with you.
These vaccines will be included in ‘adoption fees’, as well as any other expenses the shelter or shop had to make before you adopted it.
There are also community associations that can provide core vaccines to your puppy for free or for a lower price, so it’s always a good idea to check these services and see what they offer.
Puppy shots at a veterinarian facility will usually cost from $75 to $350.
The price will increase if your puppy needs optional vaccines, but this will be determined by your vet.