Posted on: 6 October 2020Share
If you got a puppy in the last few months, chances are you now are to the point where your new dog has already left their litter and is needing their vaccines. Pet vaccinations are extremely important and in some states, they are even mandatory. In an effort to help you feel more knowledgeable about getting your dog vaccinated, here is some information about the diseases you will be protecting them against.
Thousands of people die each year due to rabies. This is because wild animals can contract the disease and then bite domestic animals that then infect humans. Since it is still such a very real threat, most states require that all dogs and cats get a rabies vaccine and wear a vaccinated tag. This can protect your pet in case they are ever outside and are attacked by a rabid animal.
Kennel cough is an airborne infection that causes inflammation of the upper airways. It is called kennel cough since it can be transferred easily in the air to another dog that is in close proximity, such as while in a kennel. While it is not a deadly cough, it can make your dog very ill, and there are only a few medications that can ease their discomfort. If your dog does not respond well to those medications they may just have to suffer through it while the sickness runs its course, which might not be the best situation for you. They can be protected, though, with a vaccination before they ever get sick.
Parvovirus is an illness that attacks the gastrointestinal system of your dog, causing extreme diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and fever. The diarrhea is what is especially dangerous since your dog can become extremely dehydrated to the point of hospitalization. Parvo is especially dangerous for puppies less than 4 months old. There are no treatments for this illness besides IV hydration, so prevention by vaccination is the best way to combat it.
Lyme disease comes about from being bitten by a tick. Since dogs are so close to the ground and constantly exploring, they often wander into tick areas. There are medications that can prevent ticks from biting them, as well as collars that can be worn to protect them.
In conclusion, while watching your little puppy get vaccines can be hard to witness, it is definitely in their best interest. Vaccines will help to keep your pet healthy and happy for many years to come. You can schedule their pet vaccines with your vet or local animal hospital.