In many ways, puppies are just like babies. You have to clean up after them, they put everything in their mouth, and they need lots of attention. Once you bring your new little bundle of joy home, you’ll have to take them to the veterinarian. Just like infants, dogs need vaccines in order to keep them safe and healthy.
World Rabies Day on September 28 raises awareness of the importance of vaccination and how vaccines can save both the lives of dogs and humans. The theme for this year is “Rabies: Share the message. Save a life.”
Created by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, World Rabies Day provides education about rabies in order to support their mission of preventing human death and helping eradicate rabies in the canine population as well as for other species. Their ultimate goal is to completely eliminate deaths from canine rabies by 2030.
There are two main types of vaccines for dogs: core and non-core.
Core vaccinations help prevent severe diseases that are easily transmitted and can even transfer to humans. The Rabies vaccine falls into the core category as it is a serious disease that can spread to humans or other animals. Other core vaccines include Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, and Canine Hepatitis (Adenovirus). As these are the most dangerous and life-threatening diseases, it is extremely important to make sure your dog is protected.
Although your vet will help you determine a vaccination schedule for your dog, the Rabies vaccine is typically administered every three years, depending on certain state regulations.
Some non-core vaccines may be recommended depending upon the risk factor. Non-core vaccinations include Lyme disease, Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza, Parainfluenza, and Adenovirus Intranasal. Be sure to speak with your vet before deciding as some of the non-core vaccinations are bacterial vaccines, which can be riskier.
Along with vaccinating your pet, there are several medications your dog should be on in order to keep them protected from disease. Flea and tick medicine as well as heartworm prevention are two important pills your dog should be taking every month.
Going to the vet every year or even every six months for checkups is the best way to make sure your furry friend has everything they need to stay healthy and happy. If you’re looking for a local vet, Monticello Animal Hospital is located three minutes away from Beacon on 5th! Or if you’re looking to adopt a pup, visit a local shelter.
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