Your dog is the most important thing that could have happened to you. We all know the importance of our pets in our life, when we are alone it is our pets that come to our rescue so it is up to us to save them too. When you have adopted a pet into your house, their food, their medicine, their health, and their own being rests upon you.
As they cannot talk so you have to continuously be on the alert to understand whether they are in any problem or not. You have to maintain their diet and vaccination and everything. Yes, pets get vaccinated too. Vaccination is an important phrase that every pet has to go through for security as wealth as health reasons.
There is a certain age from which you start vaccinating your dog and it goes up to a certain age in which it has to stop. There is a course of this vaccination process that you have to keep in mind. Whenever you tell anyone “my dog has never been vaccinated”, make sure that you get him vaccinated because this particular step is very important for your dog.
In this article, we will talk about the importance of vaccination, the difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated dogs, if vaccinating an older dog is safe and why it is necessary.
What is vaccination and what does it aim to do?
Vaccination means administrating vaccines that will fight against the unwanted viruses in the body so that the virus does not affect the host. Vaccinations are of various types depending on the virus. Necessary vaccinations are written
- Bordetella Bronchiseptica: It causes coughing, vomiting.
- Canine Distemper: It attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and nervous systems.
- Canine Hepatitis: This particular virus attacks the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and the eyes of the host.
- Canine Parainfluenza: It mainly contributes to kennel cough.
- Coronavirus: It also affects the gastronomical system of dogs.
- Heartworm: Heartworm shortens your pup’s life. There is no vaccination but you have to continue the medication.
- Kennel cough: It is also known as tracheobronchitis, kennel cough results from inflammation of the upper airways.
- Leptospirosis: This particular bacteria is found on the soil and water. The dogs do not show any symptoms however it is a zoonotic disease.
- Parvovirus: This particular bacteria attacks unvaccinated dogs and puppies.
- Rabies: It affects the nervous system of the host causing headache, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and resulting in death.
Difference between vaccinated dog and unvaccinated dog: The difference is very self-explanatory. If you do not vaccinate your dogs they will be prone to get affected by at least any one of the viruses once in their lifetime. All those viruses are not kind on the host so it will be a smart move to vaccinate your dog. Vaccinations strengthen your dog’s immunity system. The boost is all a dog needs when threatened with such dangerous viruses.
Age limit for vaccinating dogs: The various vaccine is injected from different stages. The vaccination process mainly starts with the 6th week of age. And continues till the 3years of age. There is however such vaccination that requires to be done after 3 years of age.
Vaccinating older dogs with rabies shots should be in the schedule. From 6-8 weeks old one has to inject the pups with distemper, parainfluenza. From 10-12 weeks of the old one has to inject the dogs with DHPP, from 12-24 weeks of age, one has to inject the dog with rabies vaccination.
From 14-16 weeks of age, the dog should be injected with DHPP again. From 12-16 months of age, the dog has to be injected with DHPP and rabies which are a late puppy vaccination. From here the dog should be vaccinated with rabies with 3years gap as required by the law.
For how long does one need to vaccinate the dogs: As long as it needs to. The dogs require that completed course of vaccination as per schedule in order to be not affected with any of the bacteria.
The importance of vaccinating dogs:
- A rabies shot is very important as it can drive any dog crazy and act dangerously. Rabies shots should never be missed.
- Yearly dog vaccination necessary because it helps boost the immune system and keep them healthy.
- Vaccinations keep the dogs healthy and away from any problematic illness.
- Vaccinations physically make a dog stronger as it helps the dog dodge any serious illness.
- Vaccination is important as some of the diseases are passable. It can affect others.
- When you adopt a dog, lawfully you have to abide by each and every step and vaccination is one of them.