TYPES OF VACCINATIONS

Core Vaccinations

These vaccines are generally recommended for all dogs to protect against diseases that are more serious or potentially fatal.
Core Vaccines

These vaccines are generally recommended for all dogs to protect against diseases that are more serious or potentially fatal. These diseases are found throughout North American and are more easily transmitted. AAHA considers these the core vaccinations:
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis 
  • Parvovirus 
  • Rabies
Noncore Vaccines

These vaccines are reserved for dogs at specific risk for infection due to exposure or lifestyle. AAHA considers the following noncore vaccinations:
  • Kennel Cough 
  • Lyme Disease 
  • Leptospirosis

Reactions to Vaccination

Vaccine reactions, of all types, are infrequent. In general, most vaccine reactions and side effects (such as local pain and swelling) are self-limiting. Allergic reactions are not common, but if left untreated can be fatal. These can occur minutes or hours after vaccination. If you see such a reaction, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to document the reaction, severity and what vaccines were given; this information should always be in a pet’s medical record so that future vaccines may be preceded with a medication to decrease the severity of the reaction.
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