Vaccines help prevent many illnesses that affect pets. By vaccinating your pet they will live a much longer, healthier life.
There are many different vaccines that will protect your dog from different illnesses. There are risks and benefits to having your dog vaccinated, and you along with your vet, will have to determine what is best for your breed of dog. Vaccines help the body’s immune system prepare to fight off diseases.There are some vaccines that are important for all pets to get. Each state has its own laws on administration of the rabies vaccine. Some require yearly rabies vaccination while others require it every three years. In almost every state proof of rabies vaccination is mandatory.
Just like humans, when your pet is vaccinated for a disease it stimulates their immune system by injecting the disease or virus into their system. Because of this, your pet may experience symptoms like fever, soreness from the injection or even allergic reaction.
Why is it important for puppies to get vaccinated, and what vaccinations do they need?
DA2PP is a vaccine that protects against several viruses including Distemper and Parvovirus. Distemper causes respiratory and neurological signs while Parvovirus manifests as a severe gastrointestinal disease. Puppies are very susceptible to these viruses. They need to receive these in a series of vaccines starting at about 8 weeks and then repeating every 3 weeks until they are 16 weeks. At 16 months it is renewed, and then again every 3 years.
Rabies is a fatal virus that attacks the nervous system and brain that can affect all mammals including humans.
There are 2 other vaccines called Leptospirosis and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Whether or not a puppy needs these vaccines will depend on their lifestyle. The risks associated with these should be discussed with your vet.
How often should my adult dog be vaccinated, and what vaccines does he need?
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that adult dogs receive the Rabies and DA2PP vaccines. They should get the DA2PP every 3 years if they received them as a puppy. How often your dog’s receives the rabies vaccine is determined by local laws. Just like with puppies, the need for Kennel Cough and Leptospirosis vaccines will be determined by where you live and what your dog’s lifestyle is. There are a number of do-it-yourself vaccination kits you can purchase, but there are real advantages to taking your dog to your veterinarian for their vaccines.How often should my adult dog be vaccinated, and what vaccines does he need?
When it comes to your dog, the most important thing you can do for him is to make sure that he gets his shots. Many of the most dangerous diseases we know of can be easily prevented with simple vaccines.