The Importance of Puppy Vaccinations
When you were a child you had to have vaccinations at certain points in your life such as measles, tetanus, and other shots. This is important for your dog as well.
Dogs need to have vaccinations to guard against disease. The dose that your puppy is given will be the same amount that every other dog is given, regardless of size, breed, sex, and age. The standard dosage for all puppies is 1cc. If a combination vaccine is given, your puppy may only require one shot at each visit. This shot will be given just underneath the skin, and should not cause a great deal of pain. In fact, some puppies do not even react when the vaccination is administered.
Vaccinations protect your dog from human diseases as well as other problems that could arise. Make sure you visit your vet on a regular schedule. There are potential side effects associated with vaccinations. Soreness and swelling at the injection site is common, as are tiredness and fever. These symptoms are not serious, and should pass relatively quickly. Allow your puppy to rest as much as he needs, and do keep an eye on him to ensure that more serious side effects are not developing.
You will want to watch for signs of an allergic reaction, as these symptoms can be fatal. Swelling of the face, the development of hives and trouble breathing are all side effects that require immediate medical attention. These side effects can appear as soon as one hour after vaccination. However, they can take as long as several hours to develop. Do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian immediately if you notice one or more of these side effects.
Occasionally state regulations will require a different administering chart. It is best to speak with your vet to gain the proper knowledge for your breed of dog as well as the correct vaccinations. Dogs are “man’s best friend” and thus it is important to give proper care that includes treatments.
Other care besides vaccinations can be proper baths, toenail clipping, and feeding your dog properly. Most health problems arise in a dog that is either genetically susceptible or environmentally exposed to human food. Human food because of its greasy qualities can block a dog’s artery. So proper nutrition is often found in high quality dog food or cooking meals for your pet per vet guidelines if your dog has health issues.
Part of owning a dog, especially a bull terrier is to provide it with love and attention just like you need. Proper care is very important on a day-to-day basis like having a routine feeding time or visiting the vet for the proper vaccinations. Vaccinations can determine the longevity of your dog just like a proper diet and exercise. While your vet has spent a lot of time, going to school for the proper care of animals it is always a great idea to be knowledgeable about your pets care. Vaccinations when not administered properly can harm the animal. I would stay away from ordering medications and vaccinations online if you are not familiar with the products and how to give them to your dog, this may cause some medical problems. Any pet deserves the care we would give ourselves and with today’s world, we are finding better ways to make going to a vet easier.