No matter how vital and energetic your dog may seem, even he can be laid low by certain tiny, invisible enemies — namely, the microorganisms that can invade his body and cause deadly diseases. Fortunately, you can give your canine the extra disease resistance he needs by making sure he gets the right combination of vaccinations at the recommended intervals. Here at Monrovia Animal Medical Center, we’re ready to help your pet’s immune system hold the line against dangerous germs.
How Do Vaccines Spur Disease Immunity?
When your puppy is first born, its immune system has had no opportunity to encounter the disease organisms that would prompt it to respond by creating protective antibodies. In a way, this is fortunate, since some of the most common diseases out there can prove fatal right from the first encounter. In the meantime, his mother’s milk lent him some of her antibodies for the first few weeks of life. Once your puppy is weaned, he’s own his own — until vaccines can intervene.
What are vaccines, and how do they work? These substances are “deactivated” versions of the germs in question. They still resemble active germs closely enough that the immune system sees a threat and manufactures antibodies to fight back. These antibodies are now ready to fend off the genuine article, protecting your dog as safely and efficiently as possible.
Which Vaccinations Should Your Dog Receive?
All puppies should receive a set of vaccinations known as core vaccinations from about 6 weeks of age onward. These core vaccinations protect against some of the most common killers lurking in the environment. Rabies, parvo, distemper, and hepatitis vaccines are administered at the same time; our veterinarian can combine the latter three into a single shot.
Our veterinarian may also recommend that your dog receive certain other vaccinations known as non-core or elective vaccinations — although there’s really nothing elective about them if your dog is at elevated risk for the diseases they guard against. Examples include vaccinations against Bordetella (for dogs boarded in close contact with other dogs) and Lyme disease vaccinations (for dogs who spend lots of time in tick-infested environments).
Call Our Animal Hospital to Schedule Your Dog’s Vaccinations
It’s important to schedule your dog’s vaccinations promptly and consistently. Puppies need several rounds of core (and sometimes non-core) vaccinations over the first year. Adults also need booster shots from time to time as the original vaccines lose their potency. Make sure your best friend is always protected against the diseases that pose a constant threat to him. Call our animal hospital at 626-358-1146 to schedule those vaccinations!