Just like human babies, puppies need the proper set of vaccinations at a young age to promote a strong, healthy immune system and a long, healthy life. It is our responsibility as owners to make sure our new little friends get what they need at the proper times.
What vaccinations do you offer to new puppies?
Puppies generally will need the initial DA2PP vaccine (previously explained under “Dog Vaccinations”), as well as having it booster shots twice, a month apart each time. It is also recommended on their final puppy vaccine visit that they get vaccinated for rabies, as this is a fatal disease that is being seen more and more every year, here in New Brunswick. For those puppies that will be spending a lot of time at kennels or dog parks, a kennel cough vaccine is also available.
Why is it important to properly vaccinate your puppy?
Because puppies don’t yet have a strong immune system, they need our help to build it up and start producing antibodies for the common canine diseases we are most worried about. This can only be done by following the proper vaccine schedule for puppies. If a puppy gets the initial vaccine but doesn’t come in for boosters in the next couple of months, the vaccine is not effective in protecting your puppy.
What is an appropriate schedule for puppy vaccinations?
The ideal schedule for vaccinating puppies is at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At 8 weeks, we start with the initial DA2PP vaccine. At 12 weeks we booster it, and at 16 weeks we booster it again, as well as give any other vaccines, such as rabies.
How should you prepare your puppy for its first vaccination visit?
Call us to book your appointment! After that, all you need to do is bring any previous medical records if you have them, and bring your puppy too, of course!