Core vaccinations are useful in protecting dogs from extreme illness or disease and are often a requirement in most geographic locations. These vaccines include CAV-2 (canine hepatitis virus or adenovirus-2), the rabies vaccination, CDV (canine distemper), and CPV-2 (canine parvovirus).
Non-core vaccinations are not mandatory in most areas except if a specific illness or disease is rampant and widespread. The canine parainfluenza vaccination is one of the most common non-core vaccinations that many vets and pet owners decide to administer to the right candidates. Lyme disease vaccinations are not required but are recommended in some areas where ticks carrying the disease may be present. The non-core vaccinations are especially useful for dogs that may have poor health and are at a higher risk of becoming ill due to a weak immune system.
Although your dog may not come in contact with other animals, some diseases can still spread through spores, which makes it necessary to discuss which non-core vaccinations are right for your pet.
Checking with your vet about the series of vaccinations that are needed is suggested to ensure you can stay on a regular schedule with your dog. Not only will you be caring for your pet, but you’ll also be following local and countrywide laws with core vaccinations that are required.