How Much To Vaccinate A Dog

How Much To Vaccinate A Dog


The amount you pay for vaccinations for your dog will depend on several factors. These include the core vaccines recommended by vets and the lifestyle of your dog.

The core vaccines

The core vaccines are the distemper, parvovirus and rabies. These are the only ones I ever recommend to my clients, except for dogs that travel internationally or have other risks. The core vaccines should be given at 3, 5 and 7 months of age (or 4-6 weeks old). They are usually given every 3 years after that, as long as your dog’s immune system is working properly!

The non-core vaccines.

The non-core vaccines are a bit of a grab bag, but most of them protect against illnesses that are more likely to be transmitted in urban and suburban settings. They’re also generally given at regular intervals so that dogs have lifelong protection against the diseases.

  • Rabies: This is one of the most important vaccinations for dogs, as it prevents them from contracting rabies if they come into contact with an infected animal. The virus is spread through saliva and can cause paralysis, brain damage, and death within hours of exposure. Rabies vaccinations last for one year; after this point you’ll need to give another dose or revaccinate your dog again before his next birthday arrives so he stays protected for life.
  • Kennel cough: This bacterial respiratory infection is especially prevalent in kennels (hence its name), where dogs are exposed to other animals with compromised immune systems—but it can also spread easily among pets who go out in public spaces like parks and beaches as well as those kept indoors all day long with little chance to socialize with other animals outside their own household! Vaccinating your pup annually against kennel cough can help prevent transmission between multiple pets within your home over time; however it may not always prevent him from getting sick right away depending on how often he encounters another infected dog outside first!

Your dog’s lifestyle

If your dog is going to be around other dogs, or will be going to a dog park then you need to vaccinate for canine distemper, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus.

If you live in an urban environment with no plans of ever leaving your yard and never having your pet interact with other animals then there may not be any need for vaccinations against kennel cough or leptospirosis.

Vaccinate your dog only as much as is necessary.

  • Vaccinate your dog only as much as is necessary.
  • Only vaccinate your dog if it is necessary.
  • Vaccinate your dog every year, unless the veterinarian advises otherwise (for example, in certain cases of breed-specific sensitivity).
  • If you do plan on getting all of these vaccinations for your dog, I recommend speaking with a veterinarian before doing so.


The good news is that most vaccines are safe, but they can also be costly. We recommend vaccinating your dog only as much as is necessary to keep them healthy and happy. That means focusing on core vaccines and staying abreast of the latest recommendations for non-core vaccines for your area. In addition, knowing about your dog’s lifestyle–whether it’s being kept indoors or outdoors–can help you decide which vaccines to get. If you have any questions about which vaccinations to choose for your puppy, talk with a veterinarian today!

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