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Vaccines: Why Aare They Important for Our Dogs?

AKE Spay2

By Marie Abercrombie

A newborn dog receives its first line of defense against infectious and mortal illnesses through its mother’s colostrum and milk, rich in antibodies. Once the dog is weaned, it is susceptible to dangerous diseases that exist in the environment and in contact with other animals.

It is important to make sure it has been checked by a vet as soon as it is old enough. The very first step is deworming, then vaccinations.

The act of vaccination is a preventative step, not a corrective one. When we apply a biological (vaccine) for the very first time, we are introducing modified viruses or bacteria that cannot cause the illness, but that have the ability to produce antibodies to protect the dog. This way we help our beloved pet fight those viruses and bacteria without representing any risk of getting natural infections.

Calendar of vaccines for dogs

5 weeks First deworming
6 weeks First puppy vaccine (parvovirus, corona virus)
8 weeks First booster (distemper, canine viral hepatitis, parvovirus, canine parainfluenza) 

 

10 weeks Second booster (distemper, parvovirus, CV hepatitis, parainfluenza 

Corona virus, leptospirosis 1, 2, 3, 4)

12 weeks Bordetella (kennel cough)
14 weeks Rabies
Every Year At the same time each year, dogs should receive the second booster as well as bordatella and rabies boosters

 

Vaccine calendar for cats

6–7 weeks Deworming
8 weeks First triple feline (panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus)
11 weeks Triple feline booster
14 weeks young Rabies
Every year At the same time each year, cats should receive Triple Feline booster and Rabies booster

 

Important: In a home where there is another cat that can cause contamination, the cat should receive the feline leukemia shot, but first the animal should be tested for this disease.

When considering getting any pet, the family should agree on education, exercise, love, and medical care for the entire life of the pet. Training dogs is especially important in order for the pet to be a good member of the family. Dogs need stimulation through exercise and outings and should be kept in clean and comfortable surroundings with toys and things to chew, so they don’t chew the human’s belongings. Training the dog to go potty outside and not in the house is critical. Treats can be given to praise a dog for good behavior.

Cats need to scratch, and providing scratching posts will encourage them to use the post instead of the furniture. Cats are very clean animals and need litter boxes that are always easy for them to get to and that are kept clean by scooping out their waste daily. This is very important to a cat’s well-being. Cats enjoy catnip plants or packaged treats as well as toys with bells and feathers.

Discipline should be positive (praise for good behavior) and not negative (hitting or yelling only makes a pet afraid of humans).

 

MVZ Ana Roxanda Godoy

Clinica Perros y Gatos

415 153 6190

petvetrg@gmail.com

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