What You Need To Know about puppy vaccination
A puppy’s immune system is still maturing. While a puppy is nursing, the mother’s milk contains powerful antibodies that protect the pup from disease.
But in the time between adulthood and after a puppy is weaned off mother’s milk, it’s your responsibility to make sure your puppy gets the protection and care they need to have a healthy, long life.
While some vaccines are required by all dogs, others are more specific to your dog’s lifestyle and the area in which you live.
When should my puppy be vaccinated?
When puppies are born their immune system is not yet mature. They receive immune protection from their mother by drinking her milk. The mother produces colostrum, which contains antibodies that are needed for their initial immunity until their own bodies can take over.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), puppies should be vaccinated every two to four weeks between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks with the final puppy vaccines given no earlier than 16 weeks of age. All puppies should receive the core vaccines of canine distemper, adeno virus 2, canine parvo virus, parainfluenza virus, and rabies virus.
It’s best to get your puppy examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
During the examination, your veterinarian will look at your dog’s medical and vaccination history. If the breeder or shelter has recently vaccinated your puppy and your veterinarian is confident that it was done properly, a schedule for follow-up vaccinations will be made based on your pup’s particular needs.