Puppy vaccinations are an important part of bringing your new family member into your home. With vaccination comes a greater level of protection against unnecessary illness and disease. Vaccination is crucial during your puppy’s most formative months, helping them to stay safe and setting them up for a happy, healthy life.
Here is everything you need to know about puppy vaccinations.
Why you need to vaccinate your puppy
Puppies start out their adorable lives with a degree of protection from their mothers, but just like humans, they need some help in preparing their immune system to defend against serious illness.
Your puppy’s immune system is still developing, which means they are more vulnerable to contagions. Vaccination prevents your pup from getting needlessly sick, debilitated or having their lives cut short.
What vaccines can prevent
Parvovirus is one of the most talked about preventable diseases. It has been known to survive for long periods outdoors, including during wet weather. It is transmitted by infected dogs’ fecal matter, which can be picked up easily on shoes and paws, and transferred to bedding.
Parvovirus progresses very rapidly, and is often fatal, including in healthy adult dogs.
Distemper is an airborne disease that has no known cure. As it progresses it attacks the gastrointestinal and nervous systems, as well as your pup’s respiratory system.
Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis
This highly contagious and airborne disease is commonly known as ‘canine cough.’ Puppies who contract canine cough can end up with serious complications, including pneumonia, which is why it is always advised to vaccinate your puppies against this disease.
This virus impacts many organs within your pup’s body, including their kidneys, liver and eyes. It is spread in the faeces, urine, blood, and saliva of infected dogs. Like the other diseases mentioned, it can progress rapidly and result in death.
The benefits of vaccination
Just as vaccination has been incredibly helpful to humans, high vaccination rates have been able to reduce instances of many diseases that could compromise your pup’s quality of life. While we may never eradicate these diseases, by getting your puppy vaccinated you are protecting their health and ensuring you significantly reduce the severity and duration of illness, should they ever become sick.
We know you want what is best for your pup, and getting vaccinated will go a long way to keeping them free of disease – or the many complications that can come from becoming seriously ill.
When to vaccinate
Puppies should receive their first vaccinations when they are between 6 to 8 weeks of age. Most pups are not separated from their mothers until 8 weeks, so either you, or the people your puppy is being cared for, will be responsible for getting their first vaccination.
Here is a full vaccination schedule you’ll be taking your new best friend through:
- 6 to 8 weeks: first vaccination
- 10 to 12 weeks: booster vaccination
- 14 to 16 weeks: final vaccination
- Every 12 months: annual booster vaccinations
You need to ensure your puppy’s vaccination schedule is followed. Here at the Matraville Veterinary Practice, we’ll develop a tailored, preventative health care program for your furry loved one that includes vaccinations, dental care, and more for full peace of mind.
The vaccines your puppy will receive
At Matraville Veterinary Practice we provide your puppy with these common vaccinations:
- Canine distemper virus (CDV)
- Canine adenovirus (CAV)
- Canine parvovirus (CPV-2)
Your pup may also need to have other vaccinations, which are dependent on where you live and your puppy’s intended movements as they grow (whether they’ll be traveling, etc.)
Some diseases are location-dependent, which means vaccination may not be required if you live outside of these places, but if you intend to visit it’s worth making sure your pup is protected. Other non-core, yet recommended dog vaccinations, include the following:
- Parainfluenza virus (PI)
- Bordetella bronchiseptica (BB)
- Leptospira interrogan
Still have vaccination questions about your puppy? The friendly team at Matraville Veterinary Practice is here to help. Give us a call and we’ll arrange to take you through everything you need to welcome your newest furry arrival to your home.