Vaccination Schedules for Dogs and Puppies - Pet Education
If the information we’ve presented in this article makes you think that you should lighten your dog’s vaccine schedule, then do it.
It’s best to get your puppy examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. During the examination, your veterinarian will look your dog’s medical and vaccination history. If the breeder or shelter has recently vaccinated your puppy and your veterinarian is confident that it was done properly, a schedule for follow-up vaccinations will be made. Every veterinarian will have a preferred protocol for vaccinating puppies and for a puppy shot schedule. In addition, protocols change because of new research findings for the duration of the vaccine's immunity.
The H3N2 vaccine is administered in two doses, three weeks apart to healthy dogs eight weeks of age or older. If a patient is current on their H3N8 vaccine, give a two shot series of the H3N2. With the second H3N2 vaccine, you can booster the H3N8 to get the patient on an annual influenza vaccine schedule. If a dog has not had either vaccine, you can vaccinate for both at the same time with a booster at three weeks before moving to an annual schedule.
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Following a vaccine schedule is crucialto your dog's health. Vaccines can protect your dog from many common and deadly contagious illnesses, such as rabies and distemper. Followinga vaccine schedule can ensure that your dog remains protected throughout his life. Many vaccines, including the one for dog kennel cough, require boosters on a regular basis. § According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs at low risk of disease exposure may not need to be boostered yearly for most diseases. Consult with our veterinarians to determine the appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog. Remember, recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the dog, the potential of the dog to be exposed to the disease, the type of vaccine, whether the dog is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the dog lives or may visit.Thefollowing vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinationsare advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpretedto mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be lesssatisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice. Distemper combination in dogs: This combination vaccine includes distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus and parvovirus. Distemper is a viral disease that affects the respiratory, nervous and intestinal systems and is usually fatal. Hepatitis/adenovirus can be fatal and affects the liver and other organ systems. Parvovirus is also a viral disease causing vomiting and diarrhea and is often fatal. For puppies under 4 months old, the vaccine is given every 3-4 weeks in a series. For dogs over 4 months, the interval and number of vaccine boosters given will depend on immunity. Please discuss with our veterinarians the schedule of vaccination that best fits your dog.