Dog vaccinations are the best thing you can do for the health of your dog and for your health too, because this way you prevent diseases for your dog, diseases that can affect you as well. If you don’t want to face this kind of problems, please obey your vet advice and do the proper dog vaccinations whenever it is necessary.
Vets have different opinions about the right timing of dog vaccinations. Some of them think that vaccination must be given every year, because some vaccines don’t have a long term protection, they used to do the vaccination this way for the last period, and it’s working. That’s why they don’t want to change something that was already proved to work.
Other vets consider that dog vaccinations should be administrated every three years. Their logic is that some dogs have bad secondary reaction after the vaccinations and there is no proof that a dog vaccination is working for one year or five years. That’s why they choose to be at the middle of the period.
There are vets who consider that dog vaccinations can be done at longer time intervals as it is well known that some vaccination have protection for a lifetime, or 5 to 7 years.
Now let’s see which are the most common dog vaccinations that you must provide for your dog:
- Rabies vaccine is required for dogs in most of the countries. This vaccine protect dogs and human from a virus called Rabies. It attacks the central nervous system and it causes death.
- Parvovirus vaccine. If the parvo disease of your dog is not treated, it can cause death in most of the cases. The virus can leave for months everywhere around us and around our dogs, that’s why it is very probable to contact it.
- Canine distemper vaccine protects your dog from a virus spread in the air, so it is a big probability that your dog can contact it. This vaccine is administrated yearly or at least every three years, depending on your vet’s recommendation.
- Canine hepatitis is sometimes replaced by the Adenovirus vaccine because the first one can cause many side effects. This vaccine fights against a virus that attacks the respiratory tract, but it can often attack the liver.
- Bordetella vaccine protects your dog from the pneumonia and must be repeated every six or twelve months.
- Parainfluenza vaccine can be given by injection or by a spray in the nose and it fights against severe and very common dog flu.
- Lyme disease vaccine prevents the reactions caused by the bite of an infected tick who stays into your dog’s body for at least 24 hours.
In conclusion, you can see that vaccinations can prevent rabies, parvovirus, canine distemper and canine hepatitis. These are some highly recommended vaccines, but the only vaccine that is required by the law is the rabies vaccine. If vaccines have the power to prevent different diseases that can occur in your dog’s health, why don’t you do them? You know the saying “It’s better to prevent than to cure”? Do it for your best and for the best of your dog!