Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog

There is a lot of debate surrounding the topic of vaccinating dogs. Some people believe that it is not necessary, while others think that it is essential in order to protect their pet from disease. The truth is, dogs can get sick just like any other living being, and they can benefit from being vaccinated against common diseases. In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why you should vaccinate your dog, and dispel some of the myths that are often associated with this topic.

The most basic question any pet parent might have is, “why should my dog be vaccinated?” It’s expensive, they have to go to the doctor, and there’s all this aggravation… and people think that dogs are tough.

I’m honestly surprised by the number of times I’ve been asked this. “Dogs can get illnesses, too?” It’s pretty simple… all living creatures have mechanisms in them that allow them to breakdown and be brought down by a common virus.

A virus is a submicroscopic infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism.

Viruses infect all life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.

When a cell is infected, the virus often forces it to produce thousands of copies of the virus. Animal viral infections provoke an immune response that usually gets rid of the virus. Immune responses can also be produced with vaccines- this is when you get immunity to a specific virus.

The dreaded Parvovirus is the most devastating infection that a pup can go through. The disease presents with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea typically along with streaks of blood or frank blood. Imagine having such severe diarrhoea that your insides are literally on fire… that is what these dogs go through.

Parvo, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and rabies are all endemic to India. That means that these diseases are highly prevalent in our country and unless we vaccinate our animals they won’t go away any time soon.

Timely Dog Vaccinations for puppies guarantee protection against deadly diseases that your pet dog may otherwise be vulnerable to. It is important for the pet parents to know about two broad categories of the dog vaccines namely- Core vaccines and Non-Core vaccines which together not only offer protection to the canine companion but also indirectly to its human family; as the pet may transmit a disease to its two-legged companions.

Approach to understanding vaccination:

Vaccines are crucial to maintaining a healthy and lengthy pet existence. They build a healthy immune system by introducing antigens into the pet’s body. Antigens resemble the disease causative agents such as a virus, bacterium or fungus etc and stimulate the production of antibodies. Therefore any future attack by a real disease is effectively tackled by the pet’s immune system.

Core vaccines: Extremely crucial to all dogs, include Rabies vaccine, Parvovirus, adenovirus, Distemper and Canine hepatitis.

Non-Core vaccines: Administered only in certain cases depending upon the pet’s contact with kennels, shelter homes, certain areas or neighbourhoods (exposed to a disease) where the pet may visit or reside and interaction with another pet/animal infected with the disease. These include Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and canine parainfluenza.

Consulting the vet becomes important as he/she will look into the environmental factors as well as your dog’s breed, age and health condition before deeming these vaccines necessary for the pet.

AgeVaccinesbooster
45 days old (1.5 months)Puppy dp (distemper and parvo) Or DHP (distemper,parvo,hepatitis)Within 28 days
68-75 days old (2.5 months)DHPPi + L +Corona (Distemper,hepatitis,parvo, parainfluenza & leptospira)Within 28 days
14-15 weeks (3.5 months )BOOSTER DHPPi+L+Corona+ Anti-rabiesWithin 28 days
19-20 weeks ( 4.5 months )BOOSTER DHPPi+L+Anti-rabiesAnnually once a year

Dogs are susceptible to a variety of diseases, just like humans. It is important for pet parents to vaccinate their dogs against these illnesses in order to protect them from serious, and sometimes deadly, infections. We have discussed the reasons why you should vaccinate your dog, as well as the different types of vaccines available. Make sure you consult with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up-to-date on all their vaccinations.

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