On this section of our website you will find information on Dog Vaccinations.
Dogs can be very prone to various infections from other dogs and in general. So it is very advisable to have as many dog vaccinations carried out on your dog as possible. Go to see your local veterinarian and ask them which dog vaccinations are relevant to your own dog. It is only really in recent years that researchers have made breakthroughs in developing dog vaccinations that will prevent them from various infections and diseases.
Many dogs have had their lives saved by the introduction of these vaccinations which have prevented the contraction of diseases such as hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis and upper respiratory infections.
It is advisable that if possible, dogs get their vaccinations at an early age. This links to the importance of giving puppies vaccinations so that they can grow into adults without risk of infection. Puppies will get their natural immunity from the milk given to them by their mother. But this immunity will only last until the puppy is around six to twenty weeks old. It is during this time that you should get the necessary vaccinations.
A further step that should be taken to protect puppies is to give them extra vaccinations when they are three to four weeks old. This will help them to survive any diseases they may contract whilst still very young. A well known disease in relation to dogs is rabies. Dogs begin to show evidence of the disease before becoming capable of transmitting it to humans. This is essential because rabies is usualy fatal if contracted by a human via the dog’s saliva.
The usual incubation period for rabies is around twenty to thirty days which is followed by an excitement period. It is during this period that the dog may become vicious. The hind legs will first become paralysed before the rest of the body follows. Normally death will occur within ten days of the first symptoms appearing.
In terms of a rabies vaccination, one can be given between weeks sixteen and twenty six of the puppies growth. A year later a second shot of the vaccine is recommended so that the dog is fully protected against infection. There are a few things you need to think about when looking into which vaccinations to get for your dog.
The age of the puppies is important and their primary vaccines should be administered during their sixth and eigth weeks of age.
The timescale for rabies shots are outlined above. Dogs should ideally have been given their booster vaccines between twenty weeks and two years old.
These booster vaccines are needed to increase the strength of the vaccines already given to them. After this comes their annual revaccination for dogs that are older than two years old. These will help to protect them long term against various diseases. Don’t underestimate the importance of vaccinations in your dog’s life. They are needed to protect your dog’s immune system and ensure they live a long and healthy life.