puppy shots

What’s in Your Dog’s Shots?

Most new puppy owners know that one of the first things they need to do is gets their puppy’s shots. However, most people don’t know what’s in them!

When you call Ark Vetcare to tell us you have a new puppy we will invite you in for a check-up with the vet.

The vet may or may not give your puppy his shots at this visit. The vets like to ensure that the puppy is 100% healthy so as that he/she will respond well to the shots. If you only got the puppy the night before he/she may be brewing some disease or have worms, so we want to sort all this out first.

All puppies need 2 shots.

Puppies can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age and require a second injection 4 weeks later.

So, what is in the shots?

At you puppy’s first visit the vet will take 2 bottles out of the fridge. The first bottle contains a freeze-dried substance which has the protection again Distemper (a brain disease) Hepatitis (liver disease) and Parvovirus (a deadly diarrhoea virus). The second bottle contain a liquid with the protection against Leptospirosis (liver and kidney diseases).

The vets use the liquid vial to dissolve the freeze-dried substance in the first bottle.

The injection goes under the skin at the neck.

Sometimes puppies cry. This is often since the vaccine has just come out of the fridge and is cold.

It is extremely rare to see side effects to the shots.

These 2 shots are repeated at the next visit 4 weeks later. At the second vaccination we usually vaccinate puppies against Canine Cough as well. Canine Cough (previously known as Kennel Cough) is a debilitating cough which can last for months. This is a friendly dog disease so if your dog is meeting other dogs he needs to be protected.

This is a dribble that goes up his nose!

Learn more here.

Did you know you dog needs his shots every year?

The first year your puppy gets all the shots again to boost his puppy immunity.

Subsequent years the shots vary. The Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo parts of the vaccine last 3 years after the first booster so there will be 2 years where you puppy only needs the  Leptospirosis shot. Don’t worry we keep excellent records so the vets will know what to give!

The Canine Cough vaccine is needed every year too.

If you have a new puppy or are unsure if your pet is protected please don’t hesitate to book a consultation.