Getting a puppy is the best!! I am sure you already have a collar, and your food and water bowl, probably a few chew toys, and hopefully a few puppy pads. It is important to have all of these things, but just as important is making sure your new puppy has all her shots.
When puppies are in their first year of life, they need more shots than any other time in their life. This is because you are setting them up for a lifetime of health in these first few months. After your first big round, then it becomes an issue of yearly maintenance, but these first vaccinations are very important.
What Vaccinations Does My Puppy Need?
The puppy booster is known as DAHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus 1&2, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus). These are the basic ones but there are also a few that you will want to throw in for good measure.
Bordetella Bronchiseptica: aka. Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is a highly infectious bacteria that is incredibly uncomfortable for you dogs and can lead to some sever complications such as seizures and possibly death. Most kennels and dog parks will not allow your dog to come unless they have been given their Bordetella vaccine, though this is not a part of the booster and is not mandatory.
Distemper is a highly contagious disease that attacks their respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system. It is not only found in dogs. It can be found in raccoons, skunks, and other animals. Of course, Albuquerque has a lot of raccoons and skunks so even if your dog is not around any other dog, they are still at risk of exposure. The disease is airborne, as well as passed on through water bowls, shared food, and toys. This disease in incurable and has many severe symptoms, including death. It is included in the puppy booster.
Hepatitis is a highly contagious viral infections. It affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs and eyes. Though many dogs can survive the symptoms of the mild form of the disease, the severe form can kill them. There is no cure, your Albuquerque veterinarian will only be able to treat the symptoms. This is not the same kind of Hepatitis that is found in humans and cannot be transmitted to people. This is in the puppy booster.
Parainfluenza is a virus that can contribute to developing kennel cough. This is part of the puppy booster.
Adenovirus Type 1 and 2
This is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system. Type 1 can affect your dog on a system level, meaning their whole body, while type 2 is limited to their respiratory system. This is an other disease that can lead to kennel cough. Though it typically only lasts up to 10 days, and is self treating, it can also lead to pneumonia. This is included in the puppy booster.
Rabies is included part of the first set of shots and is mandatory. Rabies is incurable and only fully diagnosable after your pet has died. It is passed through an infected animals saliva, and most typically through a bite. Rabies can be transmitted to humans from animals.
Vetco prides itself on offer the lowest cost vaccination at our daily walk-in shot clinic from 2:30 to 5 during the week, and 1-4 on Saturday. You do not need an appointment, just bring your puppy and get their vaccines. You can save even more money on your shots by visiting our veterinary promotions page.
Starting your puppy with their shots is vital to a long a healthy life. If you have questions or concerns about vaccinating your dog, please ask the Vetco veterinarians. Remember, shots are not just a good idea, they are the law.