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Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy vaccinations are of extreme importance to the health of your pet. Dogs can have almost any illness a human can have including diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. There are other illnesses as well that are unique to canines.

Vaccinations are available to protect against many common diseases including distemper, parvovirus, canine adenovirus and leptoespirosis. Your dog can get these from interacting with other dogs or animals and staying in an area that is not clean. It is important to avoid contact with other dogs or the places they frequent before the puppy is three months old. Special care should be given when visiting dog parks no matter what the age of you dog.

Q: What age is ideal to being puppy vaccinations?

Veterinarians recommend that puppy vaccines start when they are six weeks old. This is the time when they lose the antibodies that they get from their mothers. This means that after six weeks, they are left unprotected from diseases.

Of course, there are some vaccines that can be given as early as three weeks, such as the bordetella vaccine. The parvo vaccine, on the other hand, is often administered at the eighth week.

Rabies shots are often given when after the puppy is three months old. Rabies vaccinations are required by law and are also administered every one to three years, depending on the dosage.

Puppy Vaccinations for distemper offers prevention of one of the most common illnesses in dogs.

Q: Is it true that only young dogs can get this disease?

It is important to remember to avoid letting the pet come in contact with others that could be carriers of life threatening diseases even after vaccination.

Q: What are the common diseases prevented by puppy vaccinations get?


Distemper is another major disease that affects dogs of all ages that can be vaccinated against. The animal can get this from the urine and feces of other dogs. The pet can also get this from toys, bedding and kennels.

Symptoms include gunky eyes, experiences vomiting or nausea, coughing and weight loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure after the onset of this disease. Should the animal miraculously survive, they will experience some form of handicap for the long term.


The parvovirus is another disease which is prevalent in dogs. The symptoms are similar to that of distemper and there is no cure. Preventative vaccinations are available and should be administered within the first 3 months of life with regular boosters.

There are other diseases that a dogs can get even as a puppy. These are parainfluenza, coronavirus, hepatitis, Lyme disease and leptospirosis.

Distemper is one of the most common illnesses in dogs. Is it true that only young dogs can get this disease?

No. It may seem like it as young dogs are more susceptible to this problem but older dogs can certainly catch the disease. Any dog, old or young can have distemper if they are not protected by vaccination.

For more information on puppy vaccinations, visit the ASPCA here >>

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