DOG VACCINE GUIDE (Canine)
Making sure your puppy gets a complete vaccine series is vital. Once these little ones are no longer nursing, about 6 weeks of age, they become high risk candidates for viral infections....Like our children, it is very important that we build up antibodies in their immune system so they can fight off infections they may come into contact with!
Adult dogs need to continue scheduled vaccines to be sure their immune system can keep fighting off infections.
DHPP VACCINE @ 6-8 WEEKS AND EVERY 3 WEEKS TIL 16 WEEKS
Parvovirus: An aggressive disease that attacks the immune system and cells lining the intestines, causing serious, often fatal, vomiting and diarrhoea. Young unvaccinated pups are especially susceptible.
Parainfluenza: Virus: This virus is an important component of `kennel cough’ , a highly infectious upper respiratory tract infection of dogs which causes a dry hacking cough.
Canine Distemper: This virus attacks the gut, lungs and nervous system and is usually fatal. Spread by discharges form the nose and eyes of infected dogs.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis: This virus rapidly attacks the liver, lungs, kidneys and eyes. Many cases are fatal but some dogs can recover. Caused by Adenovirus Type 1 and transmitted by secretions.
RABIES: @ 12 WEEKS ..BOOSTER IN 1 YEAR…THEN EVERY 3 YEARS
BORDETELLA ORAL VACCINE @ 10 WEEKS… THEN YEARLY
Bordetella:(kennel cough) Infectious disease of the uper respriratory tract the vaccine is strongly recommended, especially if a puppy will have exposure to many dogs such as at training classes, shows, or the groomers.
CANINE INFLUENZA VACCINE @10 WEEKS..BOOSTER IN
3 WEEKS..THEN YEARLY
Canine influenza virus: (CIV) causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as canine influenza. A relatively new virus, so almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity.
Coronavirus Vaccine @ 10-12 weeks ...one booster
Highly contagious virus spread to puppies by contact with infected feces. This may include sniffing or licking contaminated food, flooring, soil or other infected dogs.
Why do puppies require a series of vaccinations?
Very young animals are highly susceptible to infectious disease because their immune system is not yet fully mature. They receive protection through antibodies in their mother’s milk, but the protection is not long-lasting and there may be gaps in protection as the milk antibodies decrease and their immune system is still maturing.
In many instances, the first dose of a vaccine serves to prime the animal’s immune system against the virus or bacteria while subsequent doses help further stimulate the immune system to produce the important antibodies needed to protect an animal from diseases.
To provide optimal protection against disease in the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies the final vaccination in the series is administered at about 4 months of age.
Puppies won’t be protected until 16 weeks of age which is when their own immune system is mature enough to take over. That’s why a series of boosters are recommended during the period when Mom’s protection fades while puppies mature.
Remember that an incomplete series of vaccinations may lead to incomplete protection, making puppies vulnerable to infection.