Types of Vaccinations Your Puppy Should Have and When

It is a good idea to have your puppy vaccinations at an early age since puppies are very susceptible to different diseases. This way your pet will be protected against infectious diseases. This is especially true for animals that may be spending time in kennels or travelling abroad.

 

If the mother of your puppy is immune your puppy should be protected against most diseases. For the first few weeks of their life they will be protected by the motherâ??s milk. However, this does not last for very long and then your pup will be susceptible to different types of infectious diseases. Since dogs are very social animals they need to be protected so they can play among others dogs.

 

Distemper is usually the first vaccination given to your puppy. Distemper is a virus that can cause respiratory distress and seizures which can lead to death. You pup will need to get a distemper shot through out the different stages in his life. Sometimes some of the symptoms are loss of appetite, a discharge from the eyes and nose, lethargy, and fever.

 

Kennel Cough is another vaccination that your puppy will need. It affects the bronchi and trachea of dogs and makes them have a loud dry cough. This is not a fatal disease but it is very contagious. This can be considered an optional vaccination. If you live in an area which has a high rate of Kennel Cough you will definitely want to get this vaccination to protect your pup. Consult with your veterinarian they will be able to tell you if the rate in your area is high.

 

The vaccination for Leptospirosis if given through out your dogs life and is usually given in combination with other vaccines. This is not a very common disease and larger dogs seem to be more susceptible to this disease. This disease affects the liver and kidneys of dogs.

 

The Parvovirus vaccination is recommended for almost all dogs. This is a very serious disease and can cause serious vomiting, dehydration and bloody diarrhea. This virus affects the white blood cells in dogs and can harm their immune system. It has been found that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to Parvovirus than others. Doberman Pinscherâ??s and Rottweilers are two of the most common breeds that seem to be affected by this disease.

 

Most dogs are vaccinated for Lyme disease if the disease is prevalent in their area. Lyme disease is very prevalent in warmer climates and areas where it is warm and humid. Your pup should be vaccinated for this disease if you plan on doing any type of traveling with your pet. It will cause severe arthritis and lethargy in your dog and can recur once your pet has been infected. It is not a fatal disease and usually can be treated with antibiotics.

 

There has been some debate over whether dogs are being over vaccinated or given too many different kinds of vaccinations. You want to be sure that you protect your puppy from common diseases that can affect them over their lifetime. Talk to your vet and ask their advice on which shots they would recommend for your breed of dog. Where you live will also play a part in what vaccinations your pet should have.

 

Once a year when you take your pup in for their annual examination your veterinarian will administer booster shots to ensure your pet is protected against disease. Some vaccinations will provide three years protection such as the vaccination against parvovirus. Consult with your vet to see which booster shots are needed for your breed of dog and for the area in which you reside.

 

Pet insurance is like having health insurance on yourself, it is there when you need it for those unexpected large health-related bills. By having this kind of insurance you can ensure that your four-legged loved ones will get the best treatment if they are ever injured or seriously ill. They donâ??t have to be puppies to be eligible; as long as you keep the premiums up they will be covered for their lifetime.

Karen Corey
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  • pi

    did your cat's hair fall out after vaccines?
    my cat is bald on parts of his stomach, and it didn’t happen until he had his vaccinations. now i read online that vaccinations can cause autoimmune diseases. he already has an autoimmune disease that’s causing his teeth to fall out! i’m going to ask the vet, but wanted to get responses here also. thanks! (where i live, it’s a law to have yearly vaccines)

    now i’m wondering about this that i read:

    se #1: Over-Vaccination

    In recent years the veterinary community has seen an increase in the number of companion animals with immune-mediated diseases – diseases that occur when the immune system turns on itself.

    Dogs, in particular, seem prone to immune system attacks on the pancreas, or more specifically, the cells that secrete insulin in the pancreas. This situation points to an autoimmune component in the development of Type II diabetes in canines.

    Immune-mediated or autoimmune diseases are thought to be caused by overstimulation of the immune system. And what causes stimulation of your pet’s immune system? Vaccines.

    Over-vaccinating can lead to an over-stimulated immune system, which can lead to immune-mediated diseases like diabetes.

    When it comes to humans, it’s perceived that most childhood immunizations eventually provide a lifetime of protection. So why is it many dogs and cats receive the same vaccinations year after year throughout their lives?

    Good question. The fact is your dog or cat is quite likely protected for life after a complete set of puppy or kitten shots during his first 12 months.

    Every time your fully immunized pet receives another annual round of the same vaccines – typically parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, lepto, chronoline, bordetella and rabies — it increases the likelihood his immune system will become over-stimulated. And that can push him to acquire an autoimmune disease like Type II diabetes.

    Before you agree to re-vaccinate your adult pet, you should ask your holistic veterinarian to run titers – tests that measure your dog’s or cat’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations. This will tell your vet whether re-vaccination is necessary, and if so, for which diseases.

    Dr. Karen Becker
    oh yeah, my vet found tumor like growths on one of my cats!
    and she’s only two years old!

  • willow

    i always vaccine my cats but now there 8 i don,t know as they have had enough to build there immune SYSTEM up.plus iv heard they can get lumps which causes tumer at jab spot
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  • BananaMonkey

    I had hair fall out when they vaccinated between his shoulder blades. but only in that general area. So, since then we have to give him shots in the inner thigh area. Not a problem since.
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    Cat Owner.