Does my dog need vaccinations if they don’t leave the house?

While living an indoor lifestyle is certainly safer overall than living outdoors, and indoor living contributes to a longer life expectancy, infectious disease can still find indoor dogs. It is a myth that dogs who live inside do not need to be vaccinated.
Canine Distemper virus and Canine Parvo virus are two infectious diseases that can be deadly and we recommend vaccinating against. These are hardy viruses that can be brought into the home on objects like clothes or shoes. This means transmission does not require direct contact with another dog.
Canine Influenza virus and Bordatella Bronchiseptica (often referred to as canine or kennel cough) are both highly infectious and can also be transmitted on clothing or other objects and can live in the soil for long periods of time.
We recommend having a thorough discussion with one of our vets about individual exposure risks that your dog may face.
Risks include:

  • escaping from the house
  • trips to the groomer
  • a friend or family members dog visiting your house
  • people in your home having contact with other dogs

Indoor dogs can be exposed and become ill if they are not appropriately vaccinated. We recommend having a vaccination protocol catering to your pets specific requirements.