Some dog babies can get infected by some severe illness known as parvo, even after you have provided them with vaccination at the tender age. So remember to consult with your vet about the exact number and type of vaccination that your puppy needs for a healthy life. You can have some idea about the type of shots your puppy needs currently after reading this.
Why it is important to commence vaccination of your puppy from common diseases at an early age?
Like other mammals puppies also get some essential immunity from some common diseases as soon as they start feeding from their mother’s milk. The colostrum is present in the milk of the mother within the first 48 hours after birth is the main ingredient responsible to provide this immunity. But note that this immunity will stay only for the first five to six weeks of the life time of puppy. Normally different dog babies receive a different quantity of colostrums of immunity in uncertain amounts. Even though the babies are born in the same litter, but this starting immunity will go away at various times for various puppies, will not be the same for all.
Vaccination required can be different for different puppies
Some babies will have immunity from their mother against illness like distemper, parvo at the starting age. In these puppies the preliminary shots that they will receive will not give them any extra immunity. But in case of other puppies where the preliminary immunity is worn off they need these important shots which can save them from falling ill. So you should give your puppy the same vaccination, but it should be separated by several weeks, to ensure that they are completely protected from these common set of diseases.
Core and non-core shots for puppies
You need to aware about some “core” vaccinations which every puppy should be given. They are vaccines for: canine adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease), distemper, canine parvovirus-2 and rabies. There are some other types of vaccinations which are marked as “non-core”. Some examples of such vaccines are leptospirosis, canine parainfluenza, Bordetella, coronavirus and also a vaccination of Lyme disease. Some of these shots may not be required for every puppy and some are not very effective also. The vaccine for Lyme disease is not required always; it will depend on the area or location of your stay. Coronavirus vaccine is usually given to small puppies at starting months since old puppies will not be infected by this virus.
What is the perfect age to give shot to a puppy?
Do you know about the prefect age and What Shots Do Puppies Need? There are so many views on this. Few pet owners start vaccinations at an early stage of only five weeks. Few others start with the process at the age of almost nine weeks.One of the common schedules to vaccinate puppy for the disease parvo is five weeks, if your puppy is at great chance to get infected by parvo; then again vaccinate around the sixth and ninth weeks; finally vaccinate by twelve and sixteen weeks of their age. You need to give the rabies shot to your pup between the twelve and sixteen weeks. It is generally advised to inject the rabies shot at the last since this puts a lot of pressure on the immunity system. One of the safest ways is to give your puppies shots at separate times individually instead of clubbing too many vaccines at one time.
Puppies should be given the booster shots after their first birthday
You need to consult your vet and make a checklist of the shots that need to be injected annually or bi-yearly or even after three years. It is not required that you will give all shots every year. The vaccines generally provide immunity for more than a year, so manufacturers also do not recommend this. Note that an excessive number of vaccinations can have as bad result as no vaccinations, since most dogs will suffer from the issues of immunity system.