Let’s face it, as dog parents, our biggest nightmare is our fur babies falling sick. Our dogs occupy such a big space in our hearts (and our lives!) that any illness befalling them feels worse than anything bad that can happen to us. After all, they are family.
However, our canine companions do run a risk of suffering from a lot of nasty diseases, some of which may have the capacity to turn fatal! Thanks to veterinarian science, we can prevent most of these illnesses, simply by a shot! Vaccination’s importance for dogs in recent years has grown and awareness has increased among pet owners. Vaccinations can prevent our fur babies from a lot of serious diseases like rabies, hepatitis, etc.
Guidelines for canine vaccination have been devised by many individuals all over the world, and we can definitely find some common points of agreement. Although, earlier it was concluded that dogs should be vaccinated with certain shots once every year, recent studies have found that some vaccines have effects that may last longer.
The best course of action is to tailor every dog’s immunization schedule to their specific needs and the risk factors particularly pertaining to their breed. Factors to be included are age, breed, health status, lifestyle, and environment. It is important to consult your veterinarian at regular intervals to revise your dog-child’s vaccination schedule.
One of the many pet clinics where you can access this is the DCC Animal Hospital in Gurgaon, you can refer a well-certified veterinarian and get an immunization schedule, specially curated according to your dog’s needs – and get them vaccinated too, without any hassles!
But What about Health Risks Associated with Vaccination?
Some dog parents are concerned about over-vaccination, but here is what you should do.
Firstly, trust that your veterinarian knows best, and wouldn’t take any unnecessary risks with your dog’s health. And secondly, allergic reactions to a vaccine are very rare and usually fade in nature. If however, your dog has an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine i.e. your dog’s immune system attacks the tissues within their own body, then immediate hospital admission and critical care are necessary, these incidents occur once in a blue moon!
When Should I Vaccinate My Dog?
When your puppy is 6-8 weeks old, they are eligible to get their first vaccine shots – part of a primary course. This includes two to three injections, placed 2-4 weeks apart. Getting your dog vaccinated regularly acts as a top-up on their immunity.
Although a majority of veterinarians prefer to get dogs vaccinated on a one-year schedule, many also base their opinion on the health and age of the dog.
We, at DCC Animal Hospital, Gurgaon, also take this route for your fur babies. We like to go the extra mile and treat your canine companions with the utmost care, thereby, creating personalized immunization schedules for them.
For core vaccine diseases, it is advisable to get your dog vaccinated once every year. These are diseases you’d want to better be safe from than sorry for. And if your dog is kenneled more than twice in a year or is exposed to other dogs at dog parks, you should keep up with their non-core vaccinations as well. Sometimes these shots may need to be administered more frequently, like within a span of 6 months.
If you are scared of over-vaccination, do make sure that you take your dog to the veterinarian at least once a year. Imagine going to see your physician once every five to seven years? That is how it is in the case of dogs, even if they visit the vet once every year. A lot can happen over that time and always remember – early detection of diseases makes for a better prognosis and ends up in your pet being healthy.
What is a Titer Test?
For some vaccines, you can ask your veterinarian for a titer test. It is basically a test that measures the number of antibodies in your dog’s body for the particular disease they are supposed to get immunized for. This is especially useful for those who do not want to get their pets over-vaccinated. Therefore, if you are one over-concerned dog parent, you can ask for a titer test for your dog, the next time you take them to get vaccinated.
We, at DCC Pet Hospital Gurgaon, want the best for your canine companion, just like you. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns over your dog’s vaccination schedule for immunization shots.
Book an appointment at the DCC Animal Hospital today for a general check-up of your pet’s health or a vaccination appointment and rest assured that they are in the best hands!.
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