Welcoming a new pet to your family is an exciting time, but there are many steps to ensuring your new pet stays healthy and happy. To start, your puppy needs to have vaccines. Without them, your pet can develop deadly diseases like Rabies which can be transmitted to humans. Giving your puppy the right start from an early age can shape the quality of life they will have in the future.
When should my puppy be vaccinated?
In general, puppies are vaccinated when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. We start early because younger pets haven’t built up much immunity and can easily catch viruses. The vaccines are administered in various doses every three weeks until your puppy is 4-months-old. When your dog completes their puppy series, they will need booster vaccines.
Why is it important to maintain my dog’s vaccines?
Most vaccines are effective for 1 to 3 years, which means your pet is vulnerable after that time. Boosters are necessary for your pet to have an adequate level of immunity. If too much time passes before your pet gets their boosters, they may have to restart the entire series to rebuild immunity. To ensure your pet is up-to-date with their vaccines, please reach out to us at 519-389-2020.
Which vaccines should my pet have?
All dogs need core vaccines to protect them from deadly diseases. Some pets, on the other hand, will require additional non-core vaccines. Core vaccines for dogs are Rabies and DHPP (which protect from distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza). Non-core vaccines are recommended for pets with an elevated risk of catching diseases. Some non-core vaccines may include Lyme, Bordetella, Leptospirosis or Canine Influenza.