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Vaccinating Your Pet

Jul 28, 2008
There are different theories and opinions on how often and the actual necessity of giving domestic dogs vaccinations. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure these vaccinations are given to their puppies and adult dogs if necessary. Vaccinations help to improve the resistance of the animal against many common diseases among dogs. It is much better to prevent heart worms and other major problems so that down the road you don't have serious health issues that will cost you thousands of dollars at the Veterinarian or possibly cost you the life of your beloved animal.

Vaccinations usually start at a very young age, five or six weeks. Prior to this age, the maternal immunity prevents your puppy from getting any serious diseases. It is best to de-worm your pet before giving any kind of vaccinations so the vaccine won't pull down the immune system. The Parvo virus is very deadly to dogs and the vaccine for this disease needs to be given at a very young age. It's important to give vaccinations at the proper time to be most effective.

Many countries give vaccinations for rabies in these times, and often tags are placed on a dogs collar to let others know they have had their shots. Usually, rabies shots should be given between thirteen and fifteen weeks and then again fifteen months later. From that time on rabies vaccine should be given once every three years.

If you plan to take your dog to the groomers or plan to board your pet while you are on vacation, Bordetella and Lyme disease vaccinations are very commonly asked for before they will accept your pet in to their kennels. No one wants to pass on a deadly disease because they allowed an infected animal in their kennels. It is a very good practice to eliminate possible infection of other dogs.

Most vaccines are given by subcutaneous, which means "given under the skin", or intramuscular, "into the muscle". In some cases, the respiratory tract disease vaccination may be given intra-nasally, "in to the nose".

For the most part, all vaccinations should be given by a professional, such as a veterinarian. Check-ups once a year is recommended so that your Vet can advise you on what vaccines to give and what time they are to be given for maximum benefit. If you keep up with these check ups, your dog should live a happy and healthy life and you will have piece of mind that you would not have otherwise.
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This article was written by Janine Carter, owner of Posh Pampered Pets. If you have any questions regarding Dog Supplies or Posh Pampered Pets , please feel free to call 979-221-7251 or email info@poshpamperedpets.com
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