When a person takes on the decision of owning a dog, they are instantly assuming the role of their pet’s sole provider. This is a role that involves quite a few different responsibilities. Just a few of the important things that must be provided to your pet on a regular basis includes feeding, bathing, exercise, fun, and training.
However, this is not all. A dog also looks to their owner to provide them with everything that is needed to obtain and maintain optimum health. This is a responsibility that is done through routine check-ups at the veterinarian, and making sure they receive the essential vaccinations required to keep them healthy and disease free.
The time that a puppy turns 6 weeks old is when they should get their first vaccination. They will also need to receive a second ‘booster’ vaccination when they are around 12 weeks old. These injections help to make sure that your dog remains free of any risk of acquiring several different diseases. The main diseases vaccinations provide protection for include Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis, and Dog Influenza.
Parvovirus – This particular disease can be extremely serious. It can ultimately cause a dog to get pneumonia and it can also cause heart problems.
Hepatitis – This is a viral disease that is extremely contagious. When a dog acquires this disease it can cause him to lose his life within 24 hours.
Distemper – This is a viral infection. If it is completely left untreated it can result in the loss of life.
Leptospirosis – This is a disease that is extremely infectious and it can be passed from dogs to humans. This is a disease that can cause liver damage, kidney damage, jaundice, and even death.
Kennel Cough – This is a disease that is very complex, and although it does not cause death, the required treatment can be expensive.
If you are unsure of the types of vaccinations your dog should receive, or the proper times these injections should be given, consult your local veterinarian. An experienced vet will provide you with helpful information regarding each of these diseases and the exact time that you need to get your pet vaccinated.
They will also supply you with information in regards to additional booster shots that your dog may need throughout his adult life to keep him continuously protected against these deadly diseases.
All dogs are born with a certain level of immunity that comes from the mother, and is received while they are still in the womb. There are also a lot more antibodies that a puppy will receive from the mother’s milk when they suckle. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for small puppies to be left with their mother for the first several weeks of life.
However, the protection from this immunity does not kick in full-strength until several weeks after the birth of the pup. While this does provide a certain amount of protection against sickness and disease, it does not nearly provide a dog with all the protection they need.