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What Vaccinations Do I Need For My Dog?

What Vaccinations Do I Need For My Dog? 

Like humans, dogs need vaccinations at an early age. That is why it is important to immunize puppies, so that they will be protected and better able to grow into a healthy adult. The who, what, why, when, where and how of vaccinations are complicated and may vary from puppy to puppy. If you have any concerns you should consult a veterinarian. To better understand vaccines, it is important to understand how the puppy is protected from disease the first few weeks of its life.

A newborn puppy is not naturally immune to diseases. However, it does have some antibody protection which is derived from its mother’s blood. The next level of immunity are antibodies derived from the first milk. This is the milk produced from the time of birth and continuing for 36-48 hours. The puppy does not continue to receive antibodies through its mother’s milk; it only receives antibodies until it is two days of age. The puppy will only receive antibodies against diseases for which the mother had been recently vaccinated against or exposed to. Here is an example: a mother that had not been vaccinated against or exposed to parvovirus, would not have the antibodies developed against it to pass along to her puppies. The puppies still would be susceptible to developing parvovirus infections.
The age at which a puppy should be vaccinated is 8, 12 and 16 weeks. This is for Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para influenza, Parvovirus, and Caronavirus. This should also be repeated annually. A puppy also should be vaccinated for rabies at six months. This should be repeated the next year and then every three years. It is not true that a small breed of puppy should receive a smaller vaccine dose than puppies of larger breeds. All puppies regardless of age, body weight, breed and gender are given the same vaccine dose. Vaccines are generally administered in one milliliter (cc) doses. To administer a lesser vaccine amount than recommended will likely result in insufficient immunity.

You can administer these shots to your dog yourself, or have it done by a veterinarian. Zamzows offers a vaccination clinic on the second Saturday of every month from 1:00-4:00p.m. At the vaccination clinic, your dog is given a brief exam and the immunizations they would require. If you chose to administer the shots yourself you can find them at any of the Zamzows locations, and a sales representative will be more than happy to help you determine which vaccination you will need. Please note that rabies shots must be purchased from and administered by a vet.

The vaccination of puppies is one of the most crucial steps in assuring your puppy will have a healthy and happy puppyhood.
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By dandevarona on 9/11/2009 |
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