How often do I need to get my adult dog vaccinated, and what vaccines does he need or not need?
The core vaccines recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association for adult dogs are Rabies and DA2PP vaccines. While there is currently some controversy on the frequency, every 3 years for DA2PP is currently being recommended for adults that initially went through the standard series of puppy vaccines.
Rabies vaccine frequency is dictated by regional laws. In California, it depends on what county you live in. For example, San Francisco County requires a vaccination every 3 years, but Calaveras County requires one every 2 years. It is important to check with your veterinarian on what your region requires.
The need for non-core vaccines like Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Corona virus and Leptospirosis depends on where a dog lives and its lifestyle. Whether or not your dog should be given these vaccines should be discussed with your veterinarian during your pet’s annual health exam. Giardia vaccines have not been proven to be effective and are not recommended.