One of the biggest responsibilities vital to your pets’ health are your dogs first shots. Proper vaccinations at the right time is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a long and happy life for your best friend.
While there is some disagreement as to whether it is necessary for your dog to receive certain vaccinations every year, it is well agreed upon that Rabies is one of the dogs first shots required. Parvo is very common amongst dogs, especially puppies and there is less than a 20% chance that they will survive this deadly disease. Every effort must be made to ensure that this series of vaccinations are part of your dog’s health schedule.
Usually the first round of immunizations that your puppy will need include Distemper, Parvo, corona and Bordatella. Local laws may vary a bit in different locations and Vets may have slightly different opinions as to what exactly is required in the dogs first shots but this is a good place to start. It is best to check with your veterinarian for suggestions as well.
Although it is rare for puppies to experience negative side effects from these vaccinations, it is possible. Some of the more dangerous ones to watch for include loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, seizures, swelling in any area of the body, hives and disorientation. Also, a good idea is to keep your pet away from other dogs until after the third round of boosters has been completed. The vaccines require a minimum of 5 days to begin working and exposing your puppy to other dogs will increase the risk of infection during this time period and could even prove deadly.
Making the time to take proper care of your pet can be tough. We all have demanding schedules but ensuring that your puppy receives proper medical attention is one of the best ways to show you care and be a responsible pet owner. It is also good to remember that dogs can pass certain diseases to humans, and taking good care of your new family member is also tantamount to taking good care of yourself and your family. Your dog’s first shots are well worth your time.