15.9.2021

Do you have an overview of mandatory and optional vaccinations for your dog?

Do you have an overview of mandatory and optional vaccinations for your dog?

If you are a beginner dog keeper, then you may be confused about mandatory and optional vaccinations. That is why it is worth finding out which vaccinations are absolutely necessary for your dog. In addition, it is good to know at what age each vaccination should be given.
Vaccination of dogs

65_1_ockovani.pngAll dog keepers want their four-legged friend to be healthy in the first place. Regular visits to the vet, and above all the mandatory vaccinations, are also closely related to health. If you do not own a kennel, then you have probably already received your little puppy with several entries in the vaccination certificate.

Puppies aged between six and eight weeks must be vaccinated against distemper and parvovirus. This is followed by a booster vaccination about three weeks later, during which the puppy is also vaccinated against infectious hepatitis and canine parainfluenza. Around the fifteenth week of life, the last vaccination against the above mentioned diseases and the vaccination against leptospirosis are given.

Mandatory rabies

After that, there is one more important vaccination in the form of the rabies vaccine. Although in some countries the rabies vaccination is not compulsory (e.g. Italy), in the Czech Republic the law says the opposite. So be careful to vaccinate your pet against rabies between the third and sixth month of his life. Otherwise, you risk paying an unpleasant fine.

At the same time, it is important to remember that most rabies vaccines are effective for a year. It's best to put a reminder on your calendar so that you don't forget to take your dog to the vet for a booster vaccination in a year's time. However, the truth is that you can also find a rabies vaccine on the Czech market today that is given once every two years only.

Supplementary vaccinations

65_2_ockovani.pngOf course, you can also give your dog optional vaccinations, the so-called supplementary vaccinations. Whether you choose additional vaccinations is entirely up to you and your preferences. Nevertheless, it is good to know what diseases you can prevent in dogs.

If you have a dog at home that spends most of his time in nature and in tall grass, then you can vaccinate him against Lyme disease. This unpleasant bacterial disease is transmitted by ticks and is definitely one of the most dangerous diseases. Ideally, vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease before the tick season. Also be prepared for the fact that after a year your dog must be revaccinated.

Not only if you keep many dogs at home, have a kennel or regularly attend dog shows, consider vaccinating against kennel cough. Again, this is an unpleasant disease during which the dog suffers from a cough or pneumonia. Kennel cough occurs in cities where dogs meet and sniff the same places.

Last but not least, you can also have your dog vaccinated against tetanus, a disease that enters the body after an injury. According to vets, tetanus mainly affects puppies that are in the process of replacing their teeth. That's why it's a good idea to vaccinate your dog against tetanus in his third month, when his first milk teeth are falling out.

What about side effects?

While vaccination of humans is often accompanied by side effects, dogs are much more resistant in this respect. Still, in rare cases, your four-legged pet may become tired, lose his appetite or have a fever after the vaccination. In such a situation, do not wait for anything and go to the veterinary clinic immediately. The vet will then examine the dog and find out if the vaccination is really to blame for his health problems.

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