What You Need to Know About Puppy Vaccination Services


You may already know that when you and your loved one bring a child into the world, he or she needs to be vaccinated to prevent him or her from catching various diseases. The same applies to your puppies; you should find a veterinarian near you who provides puppy vaccination services and find out exactly what you need to do. Here's some information to help you know where to start and what to expect:

A Simple Highlight of a Puppy's Immunisation/Vaccination Schedule

You should know that every dog breed not only differs in appearance but also genetic build. Some might share the same vaccines, but others may not.

Generally, expect your puppy to get his or her first vaccination between six and eight weeks of age. This is usually a vaccine to boost your puppy's immunity to parvovirus, bordetella and distemper.

At around ten to twelve weeks, your puppy needs to be vaccinated for hepatitis, influenza, parainfluenza and leptospirosis.

The third set of vaccinations is given at around week sixteen to eighteen to protect your puppy from rabies.

If you come across the initials DHLPP, they simply stand for vaccines for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Sometimes, the "L" might be absent, meaning you may come across the initials DHPP.

If there are other important vaccines, your veterinarian will inform you about them. However, you should know that you might be legally required to have your dog vaccinated for rabies annually or after every two or three years.

A Simple Highlight of the Diseases Mentioned Above

  • Parvovirus – This disease causes bloody stool, vomiting, dehydration and loss of appetite.
  • Bordetella – A puppy suffering from bordetella usually coughs and vomits frequently. You might hear the term kennel cough a lot.
  • Distemper – Distemper is caused by a virus that spreads through the air. It can also spread through food sharing. It causes your dog to cough, vomit and also ooze from the eyes and nose.
  • Parainfluenza – This is similar to kennel cough.
  • Hepatitis – Hepatitis usually attacks your dog's liver, kidneys, lungs, eyes, spleen, etc. Your dog may experience pain around the infected organ, vomit and also experience congested mucous membranes.
  • Rabies – This disease causes your dog to drool a lot, have hallucinations and anxiety and experience headaches. A dog can even bite you and infect you with rabies.
  • Leptospirosis – This is a bacterial disease that causes abdominal pain to your dog. He or she may present a fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, etc. You should be careful about leptospirosis because it can spread to people. 


25 June 2020

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