As children we have all had to receive vaccinations to ward off diseases like measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Schools even require your child be immunized with certain vaccines before they may be admitted. This is also very true for your pet as well.
Dogs need to have certain vaccinations to guard against disease. These vaccines protect your dog from diseases as well as other problems that could possibly come about. To make sure your dog is doing well it is a good idea to schedule regular visits with your veterinarian at least once a year. Prevention is the best possible defense against future pet health problems.
When your pooch is a puppy, your veterinarian will recommend various vaccines for optimal health. Here are some of the most common pet vaccines:
- Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus (parvo), andParainfluenza:This combination of vaccines is commonly known as DHPP.
- Canine Adenovirus:Helps provide immunity to both Type 1 and Type 2 canine adenovirus.
- Coronavirus:A highly contagious disease of the intestine that can be transmitted though contact with the feces of an infected animal. A second type of coronavirus, called canine respiratory coronavirus, has recently been found to affect the respiratory system.
Vaccinations for these diseases are usually given in a combination of 6-8 weeks, 9-11 weeks, 12-14 weeks, and 16-17 weeks of age. Most veterinarians will also recommend administering these shots again every 12 months thereafter.
Another vaccination routinely offered is Bordetella (tracheobronchitis), most commonly known as kennel cough, which is also highly contagious. This is normally administered at 14 weeks of age and again every six months thereafter.
Then there is the most commonly known vaccination — Rabies. In most counties this vaccine is required in order to acquire a pet license in your city. Many kennels and pet hotels make this a requirement prior to boarding your pet with them. The rabies vaccine must be given at 16 weeks of age and again every 12 to 36 months, depending on your county’s licensing requirements.
A few more vaccinations are Giardia at 14-17 weeks of age, with a yearly dose thereafter. The vaccine forLyme disease is another type administered at 14-17 weeks of age and again annually.
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine