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If you are going to be bringing home a new puppy, then you really need to have a clear understanding of vaccinations and how they work. If you don't properly vaccinate your puppy then they can get very sick and some sicknesses they get can even be fatal. The information you can review here is going to prove to be extremely helpful in educating you on all aspects of puppy vaccinations.

Get your puppy in to see the vet as soon as possible

You will generally get a puppy when they are 8 weeks old. Sometimes, the people you got it from would have already given it the first set of shots. Make sure you get proof of this, or you will want to err on the side of caution and get them their shots again to be on the safe side. When you take your new puppy in the first time the vet will give them a good looking over, checking their lungs, eyes, ears, nose and other parts to make sure they are healthy. Then, the vet will give them their vaccinations. You will need to bring your puppy back two more times until they are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Bring them back in once a year from that point forward

Your dog will also need to be brought back in for booster shots once a year for continued protection. When you bring them back in for these yearly boosters it also gives the vet a chance to give them an annual exam to rule out any problems or to start treatment for any problems they may be found to have. Also, don't forget about pet dental care. It is important to have their teeth checked out annually as well.

Information you should know about vaccinations

One thing you want to understand is a puppy won't be considered fully vaccinated until they have had all three shots. You'll also want to make sure you keep them inside until about a week after the last shot so they have a chance to build up immunities. As your dog gets older you may want to think about giving them a titer blood test before vaccinating them. A titer will let you know whether or not they are already protected against the illnesses the vaccinations cover so you don't continue to give them unnecessary vaccinations. A titer can be more expensive than the shots, but many people like to go this route because they want to make sure they aren't over vaccinating their pets.