Vaccinations – Dogs
The purpose of a vaccination program is to prevent disease. A puppy receives disease protection from its mother’s milk, but this immunity begins to diminish between 6 to 8 weeks, making the puppy more vulnerable to infection.
The first set of vaccinations for your puppy are recommended at 6 to 8 weeks of age. These vaccines are repeated at 10 to 12 weeks, and then at 16 weeks to make sure that your pet is fully protected. The vaccines are divided into these time periods to give the animal’s immune system time to build up antibodies for the particular diseases they are vaccinated for. After this series of close vaccinations, our pets just have to maintain their vaccines once a year, depending on the vaccine used.
Dogs are vaccinated against:
Distemper – an often fatal, highly contagious virus that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, convulsions and paralysis.
Parvovirus – a very potent virus causing bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Seen quite often in young pups, and can be fatal.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis – causes liver damage, breathing and eye problems.
Parainfluenza & Bordatella – these are the causative agents for kennel cough, which is easily transmitted from dog to dog, particularly in kennels or at dog shows.
Rabies – is an incurable, fatal viral disease of almost all mammals, including humans. This vaccine is a legal requirement in Ontario and is also required to travel out of the country.