Vaccinations are a form of preventative health care that is very important – and effective! – for pups. Due to their immune systems that have impressive memories, vaccines can go a long way in ensuring that pups live long, healthy lives.
In a previous article, we discussed some important core and non-core vaccines, so you should check that out if you haven’t already done so! Now that you know what vaccinations are needed, you need to figure out when to schedule them and often to vaccinate your pup. Naturally, the type of vaccine and its manufacturer will affect these decisions, but there are other guidelines to go by.
Young puppies have good immunity already, thanks to the antibodies that they get from first milk – also known as colostrum – but these antibodies’ last for different amounts of time and have varying strengths, meaning you’ll have no way of knowing when the protection stops. High levels of antibodies mean that a fur ball won’t be as responsive to vaccines.
With this in mind, a pup should receive vaccinations twice or thrice between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks, with booster shots given a year later.
Scheduling booster shots to maintain the protection from the vaccines varies depending on the type. Core vaccines only need to be boosted every three years, while non-core vaccines should be given annually. Of course, you shouldn’t only bring a pup to see a vet every 3 years for shots – make sure your fur ball gets annual health checks so that all possible medical conditions can be noted and treated!
Remember, vaccinations save lives, so don’t discount their importance! Do like and share this if you found it helpful, and help spread the word about vaccines to keep pups safe and healthy!
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