Canine Vaccination At Home: Is It Safe?

Administering a canine vaccination at home can be a cheap and easy way to protect your dog from disease and illness while avoiding expensive annual visits to the vet's office. Before starting an at-home vaccination schedule you may want to consult with your veterinarian about the right vaccines to use and at what times.

Advantages of Home Vaccination

Yearly vaccinations aren't necessary in most cases, but staggering your dog's vaccinations at home will still protect him from illnesses like kennel cough, canine distemper and parvovirus.

  • Your dog may be more comfortable and relaxed at home and having his owner administer the vaccine rather than a vet.
  • At-home vaccinations are generally less expensive than trips to the vet's office.
  • Giving vaccines at home is more convenient for dog owners.
  • This process can be safe and easy as long as you are informed and handle the vaccines properly.

Disadvantages and Precautions

  • Though it's a small risk, there is a chance that your dog could have a dangerous and possibly deadly allergic reaction to a vaccine that would require immediate medical attention.
  • Vaccines that are administered incorrectly, such as a subcutaneous vaccine that is injected into a blood vessel, can cause severe reactions.
  • Needles and syringes must be disposed of properly because they are hazardous waste.
  • Rabies vaccines should only be administered by licensed veterinarians or they will not be considered valid.
  • Vaccines that aren't stored and handled correctly will be ineffective.