What are the basic vaccinations all dogs need to get ?
Vaccination is a widely practiced preventive measure to protect our lovely dogs from fatal diseases like rabies, canine parvovirus, canine distemper, etc. Vaccine stimulated the immune system of your dog to fight against the potential microorganism that can produce diseases. The administration of vaccines will give your dog a healthy life and be protected for a lifetime.
Vaccination of dogs has serious public health significance. Routine vaccination of your dog can prevent zoonotic diseases that can transmit to the human. Research shows that in countries where rabies vaccination of dogs is practiced, the rate of rabies in humans is reduced by a great margin.
Ideal schedule for first vaccination and boosters
Vaccines for all kinds of diseases are still not developed. But we have the vaccines for all common dog diseases such as rabies, canine distemper, canine adenovirus (infectious canine hepatitis), canine parvovirus, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Lyme disease, and canine influenza. Some of these vaccine preparations are available in combination form that can administer in one dose in dogs. Combined vaccines are more convenient and avoid extra shots of your dog. You can vaccinate your dog according to the advice of your veterinarian. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccine Task Force team divides vaccine into two types:
1. Core vaccines:
These vaccines are recommended by the AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force. These are-
- Canine distemper virus vaccine
- Canine parvovirus vaccine
- Canine adenovirus-2 (Infectious canine hepatitis) vaccine
- Rabies virus vaccine
2. Non-Core vaccines:
These vaccines are recommended by AAHA Canine Task Force in special conditions such as exposure to the risk of diseases, etc. Vaccines of this category include:
- Leptospira vaccine
- Lyme disease vaccine
- Canine parainfluenza virus vaccine
- Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine
- Canine influenza vaccine
Vaccination Schedule for Dogs:
Vaccination is essential for your dog. After vaccination, it’s common to develop mild lethargy or soreness in your dog. Always contact your veterinarian if things seem out of the ordinary.