Within the past few years, the care that dogs and puppies receive is amazing. The one thing that has changed how we care for our dogs would be the shots and vaccines that they get. Depending on how you get your dog, you will determine how many rounds of shots that you have to get for them. If you are a breeder or ended up with a pregnant dog, then you will be responsible for all of the shots that your dog needs to get. However, if you get a puppy from a breeder or the pound, they should come with their first round of shots. Then, all you will need to do is make sure they have their other shots and boosters.
The Different Types Of Shots
There are a lot of different shots that dogs can get. There are core and non-core shots. The core shots are shots that every dog should get, regardless of breed or living situation. These shots will prevent some very infectious diseases that are common in dogs. Some of these vaccines will help to protect against are Parvo, Rabies, Distemper, and Canine Infectious Hepatitis. The non-core vaccines help protect against less broad or less severe conditions. These vaccines will usually include Lyme disease, Dog Flu, Lepto, Parainfluenza, and Kennel cough.
When Do They Need Shots?
Puppies will need a lot of shots when you first get them. Within the first six to ten weeks, they will need their kennel cough and DHHP shots. DHHP stands for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Between 11 and 14 weeks, they should get their canine influenza, DHPP, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis shots. When they are 15 or 16 weeks, they should be given the same shots plus an extra one for rabies. It is required by law that your dog keeps their rabies shot up to date. However, these shots will last three years. The DHPP round of shots will last for one year. Along with the shots for Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza. Bordetella, which is what protects against kennel cough, is only good for six months.
Optional Shots To Consider
There are some shots that every dog should get. While there are others that your dog should only get if they are a certain age or live in a specific area. If you travel a lot with your dog, then you will want to make sure that they are getting the proper vaccines depending on where you travel to. There are some vaccines that vets are eager to give because they can have more side effects. You should always listen to your vet’s recommendation when it comes to what shots your pup needs.
Know The Side Effects
Just like anything else, some side effects come along with dog vaccines. You must know about these side effects, so you don’t freak out if your dog experiences some of them. Some of the most common things that they may experience would be sluggishness, fever, loss of appetite, hive, diarrhea, vomiting, and swelling/pain around the injection site. Even though it may be tough to see your dog feeling bad, you must know that these side effects are normal. If the side effects continue for more than two days, you need to contact your vet. They will let you know what you should do.
Know That Vaccines Don’t Last Forever
When humans get vaccines, they need to get other shots periodically to boost the vaccine. The same thing holds for dog vaccines. You can’t just take them to get their shots when they are a puppy, then never go back to the vet. Depending on what shots your dog gets will determine how often they will need to go in for their booster shots. Your vet should let you know when you will need to bring your dog back in. When you take your dog to get these shots, you can expect them to cost anywhere from 75 to 100 dollars. However, this cost will only be an issue for the first few years; then, you will just need to worry about boosters and rabies shots every couple of years.
Find Ways To Calm Your Dog
Your dog feels the same way about the vet that most humans feel about the doctor. You should try to find ways to make it a more enjoyable experience. The first thing that you should do is get your dog used to travel. If the only time they get in the car is to go to the vet, they will realize this and start to hate car rides. When you are taking them to the vet, you should make sure that they are in a familiar carrier. You should also pack snacks and their favorite toys. However, you shouldn’t try to calm them down too much. Dogs pick up on emotions very quickly. So, if they notice that you are acting strangely, then it can stress them out and make it worse for everyone.
Everything You Should Know When It Comes To Shots For Your Dog
Getting shots isn’t the most pleasant thing. Your pet doesn’t enjoy it, and you don’t like to see them in pain. Even though your vet should tell you everything that you need to know about the shots, you must do your research. This will ensure that you know everything that you should know, and you will be able to ask the vet any questions that you may have. That way, you will be able to care for your puppy to the best of your ability. Make sure that you are doing everything that you can to keep them calm and relax, so they have a good experience at the vet’s office.