Taking your puppy for her first check-up with your veterinarian in Andalusia AL is a rite of passage, and crucial to start a health record for your new furry friend. This will be used to track various aspects of her health and wellbeing and can be valuable when it comes to identifying any problems that may be developing. In addition to this, your Andalusia vet will also provide invaluable support with your pup’s preventative care. This refers to a series of treatments that are provided with the sole focus of preventing your pup from suffering from serious and sometimes deadly illnesses. Vaccinations will form just one part of your new puppy’s preventative care.
Why are puppy vaccinations so important?
The bodies of our pets are just as fragile as our own, and unfortunately this means that they are equally as likely to be affected by illness. There are a range of different infectious diseases and viruses that pose a risk to the health of your new puppy, particularly since her body and immune system are still growing and developing. Her low immunity also means that the effects of any illness are likely to be more significant and potentially have long term consequences for her health and wellbeing. In some instances, they could even prove fatal.
When you choose to vaccinate your puppy, you are ensuring that she is completely protected from some of the most dangerous diseases around. Not only is she safe, but she is also unable to carry and transmit them to other animals that she comes into contact with, and, in the case of zoonotic diseases, to humans living in your home.
Most veterinarians in Andalusia AL will discuss the importance of vaccinations with you at your puppy’s first check-up and will be happy to help you create a strict vaccination schedule so that you can feel reassured that your pet is always protected.
How do vaccinations work?
Vaccinations work by imitating the infectious disease that they are designed to protect against. While they are completely harmless, they will trigger your pup’s body to have an autoimmune response and create antibodies to fight the pretend illness and of course the real thing if she were ever to come into contact with it. Vaccines have a limited lifespan and must be re-administered with some regularity for your pet to remain completely protected.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule
Every puppy is unique, and this means that their preventative care, including their vaccinations, must be tailored to their individual needs. Nevertheless, veterinarians tend to adhere to the following vaccination schedule wherever possible. The DA2PP vaccine refers to a combination vaccine that protects against canine distemper, canine adenovirus, canine parvovirus and canine parainfluenza.
6 to 8 weeks of age: DA2PP core vaccine and Intranasal Bordetella/Kennel Cough vaccine if recommended by your vet.
10 weeks of age: DA2PP booster and Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis if recommended by your vet.
13 weeks of age: DA2PP booster and boosters for Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis if vaccine previously given.
16 weeks of age: DA2PP booster and Rabies core vaccine.
12 months from the date of the last vaccination, your puppy will then need to
receive yearly boosters of all core and recommended vaccinations. Your vet
will work with you to ensure that your canine pal is on a suitable vaccination
schedule based on their needs. By ensuring that you attend these regularly
schedule appointments, you can feel confident that your pooch is perfectly
well protected from these diseases all year around.
If you would like more information about vaccinations for your puppy, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for our veterinarians in Andalusia AL to create a vaccination schedule specifically for your furbaby, please contact us at our veterinary hospital at 334-758-8300.