Vaccinating your Dog or Puppy
Preventive health care is one of the main concerns of a responsible pet owner. With the availability of better dog vaccines, it is now possible to protect your pet from important medical conditions even as puppies. There are vaccines for rabies, hepatitis, canine distemper, canine parvovirus, and leptospirosis, to name a few. Some of these diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be passed on from dogs to people, thus vaccinating your dog will also protect you and your family’s health.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recognizes that there are many factors that can influence the efficacy of vaccines and vaccination of pets. Thus it has issued guidelines which were developed with the help of experts and stakeholders in the world of pet medicine— dog veterinarians, immunologists, infectious disease experts, and researchers—since 2003. These guidelines were then revised in 2006 as new findings and information were known. One of the most important recommendations in the AAHA’s guidelines states that the decision to vaccinate and what type of vaccine to give to a dog will depend on certain specific factors like the dog’s age, health status, breed, lifestyle, and the environment that the dog is in or will be exposed to.
Your veterinarian care Loma Linda, CA is an important source of information about vaccines and vaccination.