Puppy Vaccination
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Puppy Vaccination

Puppy vaccination is something that needs to be discussed and looked into for every pet owner, regardless of how long you have had the pet. A puppy needs this kind of vaccinations in order to stay healthy and fit throughout their entire life.

The first thing that you need to do when thinking about puppy vaccination is to take note of what the puppy already is. Is it a puppy that needs a vaccination, or does it need one at a certain age? For example, if your puppy is a baby, you don’t need to do any puppy vaccination at all.

Puppies are prone to many health problems such as vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory infections, joint problems, ear infections, eye infections, allergies, mouth infections, heartworms, etc. They also need vaccines against more serious conditions like diphtheria, tetanus, canine distemper, typhoid, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and paratyphoid. Puppies that get these diseases will die.

Puppies do not need vaccination against rabies at the very beginning. However, it is important that puppies are vaccinated once they become older. Some puppies will develop dangerous skin conditions called ringworm or toenail fungus that will cause pain and lesions.

Some parents wonder if their puppies need vaccinations but aren’t sure if it is really necessary. Even though puppies are more susceptible to diseases, their immunity levels are still as high as adults.

Puppy vaccination is a time-consuming process, but the reward is worth it. If you do not vaccinate your puppy, they can easily get sick and even die from the diseases that they may encounter throughout their lifetime.

Also, one of the most common questions I am asked is whether or not they need to be vaccinated twice within one year as opposed to one-time puppy vaccinations. The answer is yes and no.

Although you must still vaccinate your dogs to protect them from the diseases, puppies do not need to be immunized two times within one year. Just make sure that you follow the procedures of puppy vaccination by always keeping it current.

Most contagious diseases that can be passed from one pet to another are spread through direct contact. Therefore, you want to make sure that you keep your pets away from one another as much as possible so that there is less chance of a disease being spread.

Sometimes vaccinations need to be performed during the same time period as the flea and tick control routine. If you want to protect your pets, then make sure that you schedule puppy vaccination together with flea and tick control.

If you already have a flea and tick control routine going on for your pets, you may choose to go ahead and schedule puppy vaccination in order to lessen the frequency of those vaccinations. If you don’t have this kind of routine in place, then you may want to schedule puppy vaccination together with flea and tick control.

Puppy vaccination should be a very important part of your dog’s life and care. It is important that you are aware of this and make sure that you vaccinate your puppy as often as possible.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Puppy’s AgeRecommended VaccinationsOptional Vaccinations
6 — 8 weeksDistemper, parainfluenzaBordetella
10 — 12 weeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus)Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
12 — 24 weeksRabiesnone
14 — 16 weeksDHPPCoronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 — 16 monthsRabies, DHPPCoronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 — 2 yearsDHPPCoronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 — 3 yearsRabies (as required by law)none