It is just as important for you to have your dog vaccinations as it is to have your child vaccinated. Vaccines are designed to minimize the risks of your puppy contracting an illness that can kill him or her. Or even pose a threat to your family members.

Puppies and newborn children are very similar in some ways. They both get their immunity from the mother’s milk. However, they both require additional help to make sure they are continuously protected from germs and diseases. For a puppy, he or she should have its first shots by the time it is 8 weeks old. A booster shot or second shot should be given around 4 weeks after the puppy receives its first set of shots.

The rabies vaccine is an extremely vital shot for your dog to have. Rabies is a disease that will kill your dog if he or she contracts it. Typically, a dog contracts rabies from the saliva of another animal that has rabies. Typically, this can be done from a fight with a fox, chasing a squirrel or a raccoon to name just a mere few animals that can give your dog rabies.

Your puppy can have a rabies vaccine as early as 16 weeks old. However, another follows up booster shot needs to be given a year after the original shot. This is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your dog from contracting this fatal disease.

It is common in puppies and in dogs to have some side effects as a result of being injected with the immunizations. It is wise for you to watch your dog closely and monitor his or her behaviour after a trip to the veterinarian’s office. Watch for signs of being lethargic, disoriented, vomiting, trembling and swelling of the face. If you notice any of these symptoms immediately contact your vet.

You should also take into consideration the age of the dog going for vaccines. If the dog is only 8 weeks old, you will need to pay much closer attention to the way he or she is acting after the immunizations. Trembling is most common in young puppies after immunizations.

Different shots are best to be given to puppies at certain ages. Speak with your vet about the appropriate age your dog should be when he or she gets specific immunizations. Generally, a puppy will have its first set of shots around 8 weeks old. The final set of puppy immunizations should be given around 16 weeks of age.

The rabies vaccination should be given every year for the safety of your dog and yourself. It is important that you keep each scheduled appointment for your dog’s shots. It is quite simple to put them off and say you are going to reschedule, but more often than not, you might forget to make the appointment.

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