After the internal anti parasite treatment, you must have your dog vaccinated.
For dogs, you must have the first vaccination done at six weeks old, that first vaccine representing protection against parvovirus. Until the age of six weeks, the antibody they get from the mother dog protects puppies. If there still is the risk of contacting disease until they reach six weeks, you can use a special antibody treatment, which can offer up to three weeks of protection for your beloved pet.
Two or three weeks after the first vaccination, a second one is necessary, with a special vaccine that your vet decides to be, depending on the one for the first vaccination.
Keep in mind you can only taker the dog outside and allow it to have contact with other animals only one week after the vaccination procedure.
Vaccination against rabies is mandatory and you can do it starting the age of three months, as a separate procedure or inside a more complex vaccine.
The second vaccination of the dog is necessary once every year with the same type of vaccine, in order to avoid your dog contact the diseases above mentioned. As far as the vaccination against rabies, it is mandatory that you go through the procedure every year.
For cats, vaccination starts when they reach six-eight weeks, because they too have natural protection from the mother in their body up to that point.
Vaccination means special complex vaccines against breathing and other diseases that cats can have at that age. The second mandatory vaccination is necessary when your cat reaches the age of ten - twelve weeks, then every year.
Rabies vaccination for cats is also mandatory and is necessary at the age of three months, and, the same as in dogs situation, it will repeat every year.
Not getting your pet vaccinated could mean that it contracts a viral disease, which may turn out to be lethal for your best friend.
As a general concept, it is necessary once every 14 days, starting the age of six weeks, but internal debugging is necessary before the vaccination. Here is a simple vaccination schedule:
- 6 weeks old : parvovirus vaccination
- 8 weeks old: polyvalent vaccine
- 10 weeks old: vaccine against coronary viruses
- 12 weeks old: polyvalent vaccine
- 14 weeks old: you must repeat the 10 weeks procedure
- 6 months old: anti rabies vaccine
Correct vaccination is essential for keeping your puppy healthy. Until this period of time is over, that means the first 14 weeks of life, the puppy must stay inside and not go out under any circumstances, except special situations like visiting the vet, and you must not under any circumstance bathe the puppy. The polyvalent vaccination as well as the anti rabies vaccination must de done every year.
Maintenance rule for the puppy during the vaccination period:
- You cannot let the puppy out in the yard or other open aria like a balcony for example
- You cannot keep the puppy in the same place with another animal, excepting the siblings, even if that other pet is worm free and vaccinated, and under no circumstances, you must not keep the dog in a place where an animal has died.
- You cannot transport the puppy in extreme temperature or humid conditions.
- You must keep the puppy away from toxic substances, and you must avoid that the puppy swallows anything else than it is supposed to.
When the puppy becomes an adult, it must receive the second vaccination. Ask your vet how often your dog must be vaccinated and what exactly types of vaccines must it get. Although different point of view have been issued stating that certain vaccines can offer immunity for the dog for a number of years, that fact is not uniform. Some dogs get a strong immunity after such a complex long lasting vaccine, and some do not. Aside vaccination, food, life style, and in general the medical history of the dog are very important factors which determine the amount of antibody a dog’s organism will produce after the vaccination, as well as the time period of their stay in the dog’s body. Overall, the doctors recommend that you have dogs vaccinated every year, throughout their entire life.
Getting your dog vaccinated according to the doctor’s advice and the official health procedures, you will keep your pet healthy and happy, and not just your pet, but yourself too.