As a general rule, young dogs need to be vaccinated so that they can be protected from certain strains of disease. Many puppies for sale need the extra care provided by pet vaccines since the immunity that their mother’s milk gives start to wear off gradually.
Typically, a modified bacteria, parasite, or virus is introduced into a pup’s system to trigger an immune response within its body to fight off specific diseases.
Vaccines are done as early as six weeks after they are born. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), shots should be scheduled three to four weeks apart with the last vaccine being administered when the puppy is twelve to sixteen weeks old. After this, annual booster shots should be administered to pets to ensure that they are protected within these intervals.
Common puppy vaccines are:
- Canine Distemper – a viral infection that affects the brain and the lungs
- Hepatitis – a viral infection of the liver
- Parainfluenza – a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract
- Canine Parvovirus – a virus that affects the intestinal tract as well as the heart.
- Leptospirosis – a bacterial infection which affects the kidneys
- Coronavirus – a virus that affects the intestinal tract.
- Rabies – a viral disease commonly found in animals
Knowing the importance of pet vaccines can help save your pet’s life.