Dogs as Pets and their vaccination
A dog is the most favorite pet in all age groups. Young boys and even adults love to keep dogs as their pets and love playing with them and spending time with them. But having a pet is as demanding as having a baby. A dog must be properly vaccinated against many infectious diseases and prevent him from spreading the disease among the members of the house.
So, whoever is planning to have a dog as pet must keep in mind that proper and timely vaccination is their first and foremost duty.
Dog vaccination chart
A dog vaccination chart enlists a number of diseases against which vaccination is necessary because they are harmful to the dog as well as to the humans who come in contact with the infectious dog.
Identity of the dog
The dog vaccination chart begins with the name of the dog given by its owner. Its date of birth is mentioned along with estimated age. Ideally dogs must be vaccinated with in first year of age.
Breed of the dog is also mentioned. For example, Labrador, poodle, American eskimo, bulldog, Maltese dog etc. There are hundreds of species of dogs and they have their own characteristics and body responses to infections. But the borderline is, all of them must be vaccinated.
After filling the important information about the dog and owner’s name, we have to fill the vaccination form in the form of a table. A couple of necessary diseases are written and their vaccination at which age is given is also mentioned.
Name of the doctor
Name of the doctor who is vaccinating with his signatures is also required every time a dog comes for vaccination.
Important diseases against which vaccination is required
Most important diseases against which a dog must be given vaccination shots are as follows,
- Rabies (by far the most common and most important that transfers to humans and causes serious manifestations)
- Canine parvovirus (a viral infection that affects young puppies really badly)
- Canine distemper (again a viral infection with flu like symptoms in dogs)
- Para influenza virus (affects both animals and humans)
- Leptospirosis (a bacterial infection of mucous membranes most common in roaming dogs and feeding from rivers, lakes etc.)
- Canine adenovirus 2 (causes respiratory symptoms in dogs)
- Bordetella or kennel cough in dogs (needs vaccination every 6-12 months)
- Lyme disease (bacterial disease caused by ticks and mites and causes lameness, kidney failure in dogs)
Dog vaccination schedule
A dog is always vaccinated according to a schedule provided by the latest guidelines.
- Pet vaccination schedule starts at the age of six to eight weeks and the first vaccines are against, distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, Para influenza, and hepatitis in a single vaccine. Four doses of this vaccine up till 17 weeks and booster dose is given yearly.
- Second is vaccine against rabies at 4 months of age with a booster dose every year.
- Bordetella at 18 and 20 weeks with yearly booster doses.