Non-essential vaccinations for your dogs

The cure to many illnesses is vaccines. There are many diseases that vaccines can prevent and it’s one of the best ways for your let to lead a long and healthy life. There are specific vaccines for specific diseases, but there are also combinations of vaccines that are provided. An array of illnesses is prevented. Like everything else, vaccines have their pros and cons. There might be side effects linked to a specific vaccine, so you just have to way out the good things and the bad things. Your veterinarian can easily figure out the best vaccination regime for your precious pets, depending on their health and lifestyle. This will be safe and they make sure that they provide the best protection for each animal. 

Basic understanding of vaccines

Vaccines prepare your immune system to fight a certain disease. When you are vaccinated, antigens similar to the disease stimulate the body to act against it as soon as the disease attacks. So they either lower the effects of the disease or prevent it completely. 

Non-essential and essential vaccines. 

The vaccines needed for your dogs are divided into two main categories, which are core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are the ones that your almost all vets will advise you to get when your dog is a puppy, which can help against a number of deadly diseases. 

● Distemper

● Rabies

● Parvovirus

● Adenovirus (canine hepatitis) 

There are also some non-core vaccines

● Lyme disease 

● Bordetella 

● Leptospirosis 4-way (sometimes this is included in the combination of core vaccines but because this is a non-core vaccine it should be considered separately)

● Parainfluenza 

● Canine influenza 

● Adenovirus intranasal

Many of the non-core vaccines are basically bacterial vaccines. These can have very adverse side effects and they also have low efficacy rates. This indicates that the use of these vaccines should be very rare. You also have to carefully consider and weigh the pros and cons of not getting your dog vaccinated against the disease with vaccinating your dog. 

Although, if you plan to get your non-core vaccines for your dog or you already have, you will need to know about how to protect your dog after and how long the vaccine is going to last. 

If you live in a high tick area then your vet will most probably recommend Bordetella, Leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines. Carrying high risks for your dog, these vaccines don’t turn out well. Consider all these points before vaccinating your dog. 


If boarding your dog is a requirement then you should find a Bordetella-free kennel. If it is a requirement at that particular kennel then make sure to sign a waiver which indicates that the kennel will be held responsible if your dog gets kennel cough on the premises. A better idea is to arrange a pet sitter at home so you don’t have to deal with vaccines. 


In case you suspect that your dog has lepto, be sure to check with your local authority to find out the strains of lepto in your area. If the main strains are not found in your area then there’s no need for the vaccine. The strains are L.canicola, L.icterohaemorrhagiae, L.grippotyphosa, and L.pomona serovars. 0000