What Vaccines Do My Dogs Need?
I feel like every time I move and switch veterinarians I hear about different vaccinations and get different vaccination protocols. Even within the same veterinary practice, I will have one doctor tell me my dog doesn’t really need a certain vaccination and months later discover there is an outbreak and the practice itself recommends all dogs have the vaccination. It is frustrating and gets expensive having to take the dog to the vet multiple times. I decided to do some research for myself on the topic, so I know what to ask for and can get our dogs ALL their vaccination done during the same one or two veterinary visits.
I have an 18-year-old dog, an 11-week-old puppy, and a healthy, yet immunocompromised, husband. I was hoping the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) would have vaccination guidelines, but no such luck. The AVMA does have a number of informational dog disease brochures available for veterinary facilities to use in educating clients. They are worth checking out.
The American Animal Hospital Association did have 2022 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines, along with a nicely formatted and easy to understand dog vaccination guide (.pdf).
The American Kennel Club has a Your Complete Guide to First-Year Puppy Vaccinations that covers information on various dog diseases. It has similar dog vaccination recommendations. You’ll notice they put puppy vaccination prices in the post. I do not know what part of the country they got that data from, but I can tell you where I live, it costs $80 just to walk through the door at a veterinarian.
I hope this helps you figure out what vaccinations you need for your dog and to avoid unexpected extra trips to the veterinarian.