Certain dog vaccinations are called core, while the others are called non-core. Similarly, some dog shots are recommended, but others are required by the law. This article will clarify which dog vaccinations fall under which category. 

Core vs. non-core  

Core vaccinations are those that are necessary. They must be given to every dog for health and safety purposes. These vaccines keep the dog from falling sick and also prevent transmission of the viruses to humans. Most core vaccinations are given to dogs while they are puppies. This way, their immune system is made strong from day one. 

Non-core vaccines are the opposite of core vaccines. They are not mandatory but are recommended. However, these vaccines are not for every dog. For example, a vaccine shot that is designed to fight a disease that attacks dogs who live with other dogs won’t be necessary for a pet dog who lives alone. To clarify these details, you should consult an animal hospital. 

Now, core vaccines are usually made mandatory by the law. They are compulsory and not getting these shots can lead to lawful repercussions. However, this varies from place to place. In some states, only rabies is lawfully mandatory. However, there are many areas where other vaccinations are also compulsory. It is best if you do your research before believing anyone else. Similarly, non-core vaccines can be called recommended vaccines too. These are not necessary for all dogs but certain pets must get them done. 

List of core vaccines 

These vaccine shots are obligatory. Get them done while your pet is still a puppy. 

  • Rabies 
  • Parvovirus 
  • Distemper 
  • Adenovirus  

List of non-core vaccines 

These are the non-core vaccinations that you can get done even if your dog is an adult. 

  • Lyme disease 
  • Bordetella 
  • Canine influenza 
  • Adenovirus intranasal  
  • Parainfluenza 
  • Leptospirosis 4-way 

Do not be overprotective and get all core as well as non-core dog shots. Only stick to the mandatory ones and ask a professional vet for an opinion regarding the rest of the vaccines. Over-vaccinating can be dangerous for your dog since most of these shots are quite heavy.  

How long do vaccines last 

Your dog is only secure for as long as the vaccine is in effect. When the effect wears off, you will have to get the dog shot again. Most vaccinations are strong enough to last for around 15 years. Core vaccines are usually strong and only need to be done once in the dog’s lifetime. Usually, if the dog is getting the vaccine after 16 weeks of age, there is no need for repetition of the shot in the rest of his life.  

Our veterinary clinic can guide you best regarding the dog shots that are recommended versus those that are lawfully mandatory. To get professional help in this matter since it is a matter of your dog’s health, contact Dr. Stephanie Murphree at Republic Veterinary Hospital at (512) 269-0738 

Do not ignore the importance of dog shots. Make sure your dog is fully taken care of to prevent any health risks. This will save you money on treatments and your dog will live a much better, healthier life! 

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