Dogs are generally vaccinated while they are young. However, it is important that they receive annual boosters to keep them safe. It is extremely important that puppies are vaccinated at the right time and receive the full set of vaccinations to ensure that they are protected. While new born and young puppies receive antibodies from their mother through feeding, these diminish over time in the same way vaccines do. Vaccinations and boosters are essential to decrease the risk of your dog contracting certain diseases.
A few after effects of vaccinations can be expected. Your dog may not seem like themselves for a few days, they may also experience pain and inflammation. You can help your dog by ensuring it has food, water and a place to lay comfortably. If any major symptoms occur, you should notify your vet immediately.