Vaccinating Your Dog

You’ve got a new beautiful puppy or the cutest new rescue dog, it’s adorable and the fun times with your dog are about to begin. Playing catch, enjoying long dog walks in the park and having it snuggle up with you in your bed are all divine and fabulous things to do.

Looking after your dog’s health

But you also have to take the health of your dog very seriously. Dog vaccinations are vital as they will stop your dog from getting life-threatening diseases, will boost their immune system against disease, and also, give you, the owner, peace of mind. Vaccines are vital for puppies, usually from about six weeks onwards, and your vet will also give you a schedule for future and booster vaccines. Older dogs need vaccines too.

Core vaccines required

When you get a new dog, irrespective of the age or the background of the dog, make an appointment with the vet for a check up. Get an vaccine card going, and ensure your dog is covered against all preventable diseases.  The core vaccines include, but are not limited to:

  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis
  • Canine Distemper
  • Kennel Cough

There are other vaccines or medications that your puppy or dog may need, depending on where the pup has come from. Medication against heart worm may be needed, because when diseases progress pet may need a additional veterinary care. Prevention is almost always better than a cure.

Don’t forget your boosters

Chat to your vet, let him or her examine your new (or old) and gorgeous dog, and let them communicate to you what needs to be done and when. Vaccinate on time, keep them up to date, do all your boosters and enjoy a lifetime of health, fun and happiness with your dogs. As a pet owner, you already know it’s worth it!