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 >> Vaccinate your Dog for his Health

Every dog should receive annual vaccinations to keep him healthy and safe from diseases and viruses that can potentially harm him or worse. A vaccination is when you give your dog a shot that contains a tiny portion of the bacteria or virus and that works to build up his immune system. This allows the body to fight off such diseases should your dog come in contact with them.

First and foremost you need to have your dogís measurements. You definitely donít want to build a dog house to find out after the fact that your dog doesnít fit comfortably! Be sure to take various different measurements with your dog standing tall, laying down and sitting up. With proper measurements you will be able to build a dog house he can enjoy and hang out in. After you have your basic measurements, you should add at least 4 to 5 inches more for extra space.

The first round of vaccinations should be given to all puppies as soon as they are weaned from the mother. There is no need to vaccinate prior to weaning as the mother passes her vaccines along to her puppies through her milk. You should check with your Vet to be sure as some states and countries have different laws about the vaccines you should give your pet and when.

Normally, a schedule for vaccinations begins when your dog is weaned from its mother around six to twelve weeks of age. The first shots your dog should get should be: distemper, infectious hepatitis, and the adenovirus. Three to four doses of these shots should be given to your puppy during his first few weeks of life.

The second round of shots should be before your dog turns twelve weeks old. This round of shots should include: para-influenza, infectious tracheo-bronchitis and bordetella. These shots are respiratory and flu viruses that can cause more serious health problems in young dogs.

Next round of shots are when the puppy is at least three months old. This is when your dog should have the parvovirus, coronavirus, lyme barreliosis and rabies vaccines. These shots help protect against diseases that attack the intestines and neurological systems in your pet.

Your vet will be able to give you more information in detail. But these are typically the shots your dog will require for his health and safety. Unlike babies, dogs should receive these shots once per year, every year of their life. You can have all shots given to him in one appointment which will cut down costs and help you to remember one Vet date rather than a few.

Please Note: that the information provided above is solely for the purpose of informing and educating our visitors and should not be used to replace the advice or care of a professional, qualified veterinarian.

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