Dog groomers are legally required to check vaccination records for dogs before grooming them, as a means of reducing the risk of disease transmission between the dog and groomer, as well as between other dogs visiting the same dog grooming business.
Due to the individual health risks and considerations involved in the vaccine process, there’s no one-size-fits-all dog vaccination schedule. Your vet may have a customized vaccination timeline they recommend for your dog based on what’s best for his or her health. Regardless of the schedule you set for your dog, you will need certain essential vaccines administered before a groomer will provide services.
In general, these required dog vaccines will follow a set schedule:
- 6-8 weeks: Parvovirus and distemper vaccines.
- 10-12 weeks: DHPP shot, which includes vaccines for distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and adenovirus. After this vaccination, your dog may be eligible to visit your local groomer for the first time.
- 16-18 weeks: DHPP booster and rabies vaccine.
- 12-16 months: DHPP and rabies boosters.
- Every 1-2 years: DHPP booster.
- Every 1-3 years: Rabies booster.
You will need to make sure that vaccinations are up to date on the date of the grooming. If the next DHPP vaccination is overdue based on your dog’s age, your groomer will likely require you to get the vaccine before the grooming appointment.
Be prepared to show proof of rabies vaccination and other boosters and vaccinations as required by local law. You should also make sure your dog receives any additional required vaccines not listed above, which may be determined by your local government. Your local vet can make sure your dog’s vaccine record is in compliance with these requirements.
Your groomer cannot and will not make recommendations on when or how to get your pet vaccinated. We are not trained on that, and it is best left to your vet to make those calls.