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  • Essential Vaccines for Your Puppy You Shouldn’t Ignore

    When first born, puppies are the sweetest sight. They’re fluffy balls of innocent fun, and they depend solely on you. It’s important that we take care of our pets by protecting them from contagious diseases that are most common among puppies. When a newborn puppy is exposed to a new environment, their immune system has not developed the proper antibodies in order for its body to fend off infectious disease. This is especially true for the rampant and severe diseases that your puppy can pick up at a dog park, or simply walking down the street. Among other reasons, that’s why it’s recommended to keep unvaccinated puppies isolated from other dogs for some time until they can receive the preventive treatment.

    Puppy Vaccinations

    Some vaccinations must be kept up routinely over the years that you have your pet dog; however, the initial vaccinations are the most important, as puppies are especially vulnerable to diseases. In this article, we’ll go over the reasons why vaccination is so critical for animals in particular, and we’ll also include information about the basic, core vaccinations your puppy must receive before it can come into contact with other animals.

    Why it is Important to Vaccinate Your Dog

    Quite simply, vaccinating our dogs protects them from the common, widespread diseases that can often be incurable. Each day, hundreds of thousands of puppies die from parvovirus and other devastating illnesses that are difficult and often impossible to treat. Furthermore, vaccinating dogs helps to eliminate the risk of disease spreading in the community. The more people vaccinate their animals, the fewer animals will die. Vaccinations can spare you and your family the heartbreak of losing a new family pet too soon to something preventable.

    Basic Vaccinations

    When you get a new puppy, there is a list of basic vaccinations that must be checked off in order for your pet to be legally registered with the county. Depending on the region you live in, certain diseases are more widespread than others, causing you to possibly have vaccinations repeated every so often. It’s important to check with your veterinarian before making any decisions about your pet’s health.

    • Parvovirus: This dangerous disease is highly contagious, and is spread primarily through contact with another dog’s feces—which can be transmitted by human or animal. The virus can last on all kinds of objects for months at a time, which makes it especially critical to vaccinate for.
    • Rabies: Rabies is a fatal disease that can be spread from different types of animals to one another, including common street-roaming animals like raccoons, coyotes, and possums. This disease can also be passed to a person, which makes it highly dangerous. Rabies can cause seizures, paralysis, and death.
    • Distemper: Not all dogs’ bodies respond the same to this virus, making it highly unpredictable. Distemper is incurable, and it causes highly concerning symptoms in dogs. Symptoms that mimic a cold or flu might initially show up, but then turn into more severe problems that could wind up resulting in death.
    • Adenovirus 1: This disease is the canine equivalent to hepatitis. Usually symptoms include respiratory tract infections, but eventually the virus affects the critical internal organs. If dog’s aren’t vaccinated, their condition can become chronic, causing other severe health problems as well.

    Puppy Lying on Grass

    How Dr. Ron’s Can Help You and Your Pet

    As you can see, it is critical to have your dog vaccinated for these often fatal diseases that still spread too frequently. Puppies rely on us to do what’s best for their health, and unfortunately many of them don’t receive the care they need or deserve. Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we help provide vaccinations for the animals in our community that otherwise could suffer. The residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County have traveled to Dr. Ron’s for the excellent quality of care, compassion, and humane services. We have a passion for animals, and who could ignore the innocence of a puppy? We love our work, and animals hold a special place in our heart. We know you want what’s best for your new puppy too. Please contact us to learn more about our philosophy on animal care and customer service, to schedule a wellness visit, or an appointment for vaccinations.

    posted on May 10, 2018 at 10:29 am by Doctor Ron