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 What You Need to Know About Puppy Shots 
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What You Need to Know About Puppy Shots
by: Grace Temple

Puppy shots are essential for ensuring the proper growth and development of your puppy. Most puppies receive their first round of shots between their first five to eight weeks of life. This is the time that the maternal antibodies in their bodies begin to wear off. Puppy vaccines are important because they fight off illnesses such as distemper. Immunizations are required in most cities and states to protect dogs from common viruses that can be very severe.

Most dog owners agree it is important to protect their dogs against diseases that are serious yet preventable. It is critical to administer these puppy shots for the well-being of the animal. The vaccination schedule usually begins at five weeks of age, but can start as late as eight weeks of age when antibodies in the mother’s milk drop off. Most immunizations will be a combination of vaccines that protect against several viruses. The most common immunizations are for rabies, canine parvovirus, distemper and parainfluenza.

Depending on your puppy’s breed and in the region you live, your veterinarian may recommend added vaccinations. Usually your puppy will receive three combination vaccines. A rabies vaccine will be administered at 16 weeks. Annual check-ups are needed to administer booster shots that continue the protection offered by the vaccines.

Vaccinations are an effective preventative measure. However, vaccines are not cures. If your dog has received the canine parvovirus vaccination but somehow gets the disease, the chances of your dog surviving are very low. Canine parvovirus is a fatal disease. The symptoms can be treated, but eventually your dog’s immune system will be affected, leaving little chance of recovery.

There are two types of vaccines: core and noncore. Core vaccines are required by most city and state governments that license dogs. Noncore vaccines may be recommended by your veterinarian but are usually not required, although they can be in certain municipalities. They may be required for specific breeds that are susceptible to certain diseases. Create a vaccination schedule and plan with your veterinarian that takes into account the needs of your puppy based on the breed and your location.

For your dog’s well-being, make sure puppy shots are a part of your canine health regimen. These immunizations help prevent serious diseases that can be fatal to your dog. Your veterinarian can advise you on a vaccination schedule as well as what immunizations are necessary for the type of breed you have. Make sure to start your puppy’s vaccinations between five to eight weeks of age. If your location requires a dog license, you will need to show proof of your puppy’s vaccination record.

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