Vaccinating Your Dog

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There is a great deal of controversy around vaccinating dogs, just like there is ongoing controversy around vaccinating children. While there are some dogs that are sensitive to different types of vaccines, most dogs tolerate the new types of vaccines with very few issues. Vaccines are actually designed not to cure or prevent any health issues themselves, but rather to allow the dog’s body to build up immunity to the virus or bacteria so the dog is able to fight off the disease on his or her own. Vaccinating a dog unnecessarily is never recommended, however most vets agree there are some basic vaccinations that should be part of an overall health regime.
Puppy and Dog Vaccinations

During the first few weeks of life the puppy is naturally protected from many health issues since it gets antibodies from the mother dog through nursing. At about the six week mark the first set of puppy vaccinations is recommended to help prepare the puppy for life without that antibody support from the mother. When the antibodies from the mother are at high levels in the puppy’s bloodstream, the vaccination is less effective. This is why vets recommend a series of three vaccinations to ensure that the puppy will receive the benefits from the shots. These vaccinations are typically scheduled at six weeks, nine weeks and twelve weeks to catch all puppies at the appropriate time and at the appropriate level of development. Some vets working with particular breeds may indicate another vaccination at the 15 week mark or even one at the 18 week point. They will also receive a booster shot at the one year mark and every year thereafter. This is because dogs don’t build up continual immunity to many of these conditions and need the vaccination to trigger their bodies to do this every year.

A puppy will be vaccinated for core and elective types of vaccinations, most which are combined into one actual shot or vaccination. This means that the puppy doesn’t have to have four needles, just one. The core vaccinations include:

* Canine Distemper
* Parvovirus
* Hepatitis
* Rabies – when older

In addition to the core vaccinations there are also elective vaccinations depending on where you live and any canine health issues in your area. These can include vaccinations for:

* Lyme Disease
* Parainfluenza
* Coronavirus
* Canine Measles – usually during Canine Distemper outbreaks
* Bordetella – Kennel Cough
* Leptospirosis
* Canine Adenovirus (various strains)

There are other specific vaccinations that may be required if the dog has been exposed to particular environments or other animals that have been infected.

Talk to your vet and complete research on the various vaccinations before taking your puppy or dog to the vets. If you are planning on traveling with your dog out of your local area you should also talk to your vet to find out if you need specific types of vaccinations. Dogs that are taken out of state or out of country or those that are being kenneled or entered into shows typically have to have a current and up to date vaccination record to ensure safety for all dogs and animals.

Article by Jerry Rhodes of Oh My Dog Supplies, your top spot to buy dog costumes online.

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One Response to “Vaccinating Your Dog”
  1. Cecil V Says:

    Dog immunity is amazing; they never catch colds and rarely get sick. Rabies is freaky though!

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