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Rabies Vaccination Schedule for your dog

29 Apr 2013 | by | Posted in: Health

"No matter how little money and how less possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." -Louis Sabin.

Dogs do make the world a better place to live. Whatever you give a dog, you get back boundless, multiplied to the power of infinity. Dogs have that much love to give. As dog lovers, only we are responsible for our dog’s health and happiness. It is our responsibility to cater to their needs and requirements. Right diet of your dog , right kind of activity, visits to vet and up-to-date vaccinations- all these things play important roles in making your dog healthy. Here I would talk about different type of vaccines needed for your dog, rabies vaccination schedule and how to protect your dog from the exposure of rabies virus.

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Vaccination is an easy and inexpensive way to save your pet's life. Vaccines help in protecting your dog from life-threatening and contagious diseases. When a child is born, in his early years, he is given vaccinations to protect against any contagious and other kinds of diseases. Likewise, your new pup also requires a cycle of vaccinations during the first year of his life.  This is the time when he is developing his immunity. Vaccinations have been one of the major success stories of veterinary sciences. We have been able to save the lives of numerous animals as well humans with the help of vaccinations.Different veterinarians advice fairly different vaccinating schedules and vaccinations according to the risk factors associated with specific dog.  Your vet can recommend specific vaccination according to the requirements of your dog, which may also depend upon his surrounding environment in which he lives.  

What are vaccines?

Vaccines help to prepare body’s immunity to fight against the invasion of virus and bacteria which may cause contagious and life-threatening diseases like rabies. Vaccines have antigens, which resemble disease causing organisms but they do not cause disease. When the vaccine is injected into the body, immune cells produce anti-bodies against that antigen. When your dog gets his vaccine, his immune cells are ready to fight against the disease.

How important are vaccinations for my dog?

Vaccinating your dog at regular intervals is very important part of his healthy life. Not every dog needs vaccinations against every disease. It is very important to discuss with your vet to know the right vaccine protocol for your dog. Factors which determine the vaccination schedule for a dog are age, medical history, environment, living conditions and lifestyle. Mostly vets recommend a series of core vaccines to a healthy dog. In 2006, the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Task Force revised protocols regarding vaccinations for dogs. According to it, canine vaccinations are divided into three categories- Core, non-core and not recommended. 

Core vaccinations are considered important for all dogs based on the risk of exposure and severity of disease. Vaccines which fall under this category are : Canine distemper vaccine , parvo-virus , hepatitis and rabies.

Non-core vaccinations are given on the basis of dog’s exposure risks. Bordetella, Leptetospira, Borrlia burgadorferi are the vaccines which fall under this category.

However, the bottom line is –your vet is best to recommend which all vaccines should be given to your dog.

The first year vaccinations for pups are usually the same as given below: ( When and how of pet medication )

Vaccination Schedule for a puppy

Age of the puppy

Suggested Vaccinations

Optional Vaccinations

6 weeks-8 weeks

Distemper

Para-influenza

Measles

 

Bordatella

10weeks-12 weeks

Distemper

Parvo-virus

Adenovirus (hepatitis)

Para-influenza

 

Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, bordatella,

Lyme disease

12 weeks-24 weeks

Rabies

None

14 weeks -16 weeks

Distemper

hepatitis)

Para-influenza

Parvo-virus

Coronavirus, Leptospirosis,

Lyme disease

12months-16 months

Distemper

Hepatitis

Para-influenza

Parvo-virus

Rabies

Coronavirus, Leptospirosis,

Lymedisease,

bordatella

Every 1-2 years

Distemper

adenovirus (hepatitis)

Para-influenza

Parvo-virus

Coronavirus, Leptospirosis,

Lyme disease,

bordatella

Every  year once

 Rabies

None

Rabies Vaccination for your dog

The mere mention of rabies raises alarm. Rabies is a life-threatening disease which is spread by a virus. Your dog requires rabies vaccination when he is above 3 months of this age. Let me tell you some important facts about rabies. Rabies can be acquired by all warm-blooded animals and human beings as well. Once acquired there is no treatment after that. Un-vaccinated dog has very rare chances of survival after contracting rabies. If a dog has an up-to date rabies vaccination and is bitten/ exposed to a scratch by a wild animal, it is considered as ‘exposed to rabies’. In that case, the dog is re-vaccinated and observed for some-time. If a non-vaccinated dog is exposed to rabies virus, he is subjected to euthanasia as a norm in some countries.  The only way to confirm that a dog has rabies is through a brain tissue examination.

Rabies vaccination is must by Law in most countries. In India, if you are shifting your pet from one place to another, by air, you are supposed to carry his up-to-date vaccination certificate. 

As a responsible pet owner, it is important for us to take care of your pet’s health. Vaccinations form an important part of your dog's health requirements. Vaccines help in protecting your dog every day from deadly diseases. So ask your pet about your pet’s vaccinations. Keep an updated record of all the vaccinations given to your dog. After your dog has been vaccinated against rabies in his initial months, he is given boosters once every year. Vaccines help your dog’s brain cells to respond to the diseases much faster. Multiple vaccinations are needed for responding strongly when your puppy is developing his immune system. Boosters are given less yearly in order to maintain your dog’s immunity against those diseases.

Rabies is very much preventable if you follow the recommended schedules of vaccination. Keep your pet away from wild animals. Do not walk your dog in the area where there are stray dogs or other wild animals.Do not entertain wild animals in your surroundings or outside. If you want to adopt a stray animal, make sure you vaccinate him before adopting.Do not leave your pet unattended outside. 

It is vital to realize that vaccinations have saved numerous lives and these play a significant role in battle against several contagious and life-threatening canine diseases. Undoubtedly, anti-rabies vaccines have saved the lives of numerous dogs and humans as well.Nothing can match the happiness you get from your pet when you come home after a long day of work. Indeed, it cannot be better than that. Your dog is always willing to show his unconditional love with his non-top wagging tail and generous licks.  As a responsible pet owner,it is your responsibility to show the care and love as he gives you. After all, he is your best buddy. It is important for you to gather knowledge about the diseases or ailments that can affect him. Ask your vet and take appropriate measures to protect your dog against contagious diseases which might even be fatal at times. It is important to be cautious when it comes to the health of your pet. In order to take care of your dog, keep him in a hygienic environment and follow his dietary protocols. Make a move, read and be conscious of the diseases which can influence your dog’s health.

Comments

Romil Tripathi
great information .its a really helpful . thanks for sharing this

By: Romil Tripathi | 01 May 2013

abhishek joshi
How much vaccinations cost

By: abhishek joshi | 08 Mar 2014

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