Puppy Vaccines

My puppy was vaccinated at 6 weeks. I was told I didn’t have to have them vaccinated again.

Any vaccines that are given to a puppy before 7 weeks are considered a temporary vaccine as the puppy may still be nursing and the antibodies in the mother’s milk may not make the vaccine as effective.  As a result your puppy still needs vaccinations.  

What am I vaccinating my puppy for?

Canine Distemper– this disease can be fatal for a young puppy or an unvaccinated adult dog.  This virus is highly contagious and can affect your puppies respiratory, GI and central nervous systems.  Some of the symptoms include sneezing,   discharge from nose and eyes, lethargy and loss of appetite.  

Adenovirus- Is another virus that can cause Canine Infectious Hepatitis.  It can affect the liver, kidneys, lungs and eyes cause symptoms like jaundice, weight loss, pale gums and abdominal pain.  

Parvovirus– This is a serious virus that attacks the gastro intestinal system as well as the puppy’s bone marrow causing their immune system to be susceptible to other diseases.  The potentially fatal symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, depression, loss of appetite and severe dehydration.  

Rabies– This fatal virus can be transmitted to your puppy through a bite or scratch from an infected animal. This includes infected saliva/blood that comes in contact with your pets wounds.   It can even be transmitted to humans.  The rabies vaccine is required by law. Some of the symptoms include foaming at the mouth, incoordination, and loss of appetite, weakness, seizures and sudden death. 

What other vaccines should I consider for my puppy?

Bordetella (kennel cough) – If your puppy will be boarded, groomed or make visits to the dog park, you might consider the Bordetella vaccine to prevent your puppy from developing symptoms like persistent cough, retching, loss of appetite and lethargy.

Leptospirosis- This is a bacterial infection that can be caught through contaminated water areas.  As a result, symptoms such as high temperature, lethargy, stiffness, vomiting and diarrhea.  Puppies who live in rural areas, visit forested areas/ponds should be vaccinated. 

Lyme- This disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to the dog through a bite from an infected tick (blacklegged tick/deer tick).  Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, and stiffness. With the increasing number of Lyme positive ticks in the area, it is suggested to have your puppy vaccinated. 

Influenza- Canine influenza is basically the canine flu.  It is not new, but has made its way from Asia to Canada. The flu can be spread from nose to nose contact with infected animals, and using common dishes.  Humans can transmit the virus by touching infected animals to other canines.  Symptoms include cough, fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.  

My puppy seems quiet, not wanting to eat after getting their vaccines.  Should I be concerned?

It is common for your puppy to feel sleepy, not interested too much in eating 12-24 hours after getting their vaccine.  If your puppy is having a hard time breathing, and swelling in the injection site or vomiting and diarrhea should be reported to the clinic.  

When do I vaccinate my puppy?

1st DAP (distemper, Adenovirus, parvovirus)

-7-10 weeks

2nd DAP (distemper, Adenovirus, parvovirus)

-11-14 weeks

3rd DAP (distemper, Adenovirus, parvovirus)/Rabies

-15-18 weeks

Can add additional vaccinations such as Bordetella, leptospirosis, or Lyme can be done after 12 weeks of age.   

**Please remember that your puppy still needs to have yearly vaccines**