Vaccinations Protect Your New Puppy
Many of the worst pet diseases, including parvo and rabies, can be prevented with vaccinations. It's important to take your dogs, cats, or exotic creatures to the vet for their regular wellness examinations, which should include the appropriate vaccinations. At Westside Animal Hospital, we also stress to pet owners the importance of getting a new puppy the necessary core vaccinations on time.
For Your New Puppy
The following are typically considered the core vaccinations for a puppy:
- DHPP (4-in-1 distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza) at 8 weeks
- DHPP booster at 12 weeks
- DHPP booster and rabies at 16 weeks
Your veterinarian may also recommend other vaccinations, depending on your pet's specific lifestyle. For example, if you own a canine that will be attending doggie daycare or will be boarded soon, your pet will most likely need a Bordetella shot. This vaccine protects against the bacterium that causes coughing and whooping in dogs. Because this bacterium is highly infectious, most boarding, daycare, and grooming facilities require that the dogs they care for have this vaccination. The following are some of the other vaccinations that your vet may recommend for your dog:
- Leptospirosis: Suggested for dogs who play in or drink from creeks, streams, or lakes or spend time outdoors in areas with high wildlife traffic.
- Lyme disease: Recommended for dogs who spend time in areas where they may potentially encounter deer ticks.
- Canine influenza: Suggested for dogs who are around other canines, including boarding, daycare, or grooming facilities.
Contact Westside Animal Hospital for All of Your Pet Care Needs
At Westside Animal Hospital, we care for all types of pets. In addition to seeing pets in our animal hospital in Cincinnati, OH, we also offer pet care to the surrounding areas. Call us today to set up an appointment for your new puppy.