Dog Vaccinations

General Information

Vaccinating your dog is a simple procedure that is routinely done by all veterinarians. Vaccinations are safe, effective and well worth the financial commitment. Many diseases that were once considered fatal to dogs are now under control due the use of modern vaccines


Vaccinations are molecules, that when administered into the body, produce substances that are called antibodies. These antibodies are produce by cells and called the lymphocytes which orginate in the bone marrow and multiply in the spleen, thymus and lymph nodes. When the actual disease agent is encourntered by the dog's body, these lymphocytes respond very quickly, producing antibodies that neutralize the disease. This rapid production of antibodies is only possible if the animal had been previously vaccinated.



There is not a general rule regarding vaccinations, however some basic rules apply to all dog vaccination schedules. At the very least, a minimum of two multivalent vaccines containing Distemper and Parvovirus are given three to four weeks apart to all puppies over three month of age. In most states, Rabies vaccination is also required. Other diseases such as Coronavirus, Bordatella Canine Cough, and Lyme Disease, require different vaccination protocols.





Young puppies are usually given their first set of vaccinatoins at six to eight weeks of age. Additional vaccinations are given every three to four weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. Recent evidence shows that Parvovirus vaccination should be continued even longer, especially with certain breeds of dogs. Thereafter, an annual or biannual vaccination is administered.


Animals sometimes react to vaccinations. These reactions are usually very mild and of brief duration. Muscle aches, slinht fever, and drowsiness are the most common side effects. Rarely do animals have more severe reaction, and if they do, the most common symptoms are vometing, swelling of the face, and hives. If a vaccination reaction occurs, a veterinarian should be called.




Vaccinating your dog is a simple procedure. zOnly your veterinarian knows th vaccaintion schedule plus the vaccines that are the best suited for your dog






Remeber, not only does your dog receive the proper vaccinations, he or she also gets a thorough physical exam. This medical examination, along with some nutritional and behavioral advice, goes a long way in preventing problems in your adult dog




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