How Do Puppy Shots Prevent Disease? Okemos

Before you enroll in our puppy training classes, it's important that your pet have all their necessary vaccines. Vaccines not only prevent the spread of disease, but help your puppy stay healthy for many years to come.

Continue reading to learn how puppy shots work and why they are so important to your puppy's health.

For more information on what vaccines are required for our dogs, call our puppy trainers at Dog Gone Fun today.

Why Your Puppy Needs Vaccinations

Breast milk contains antibodies from the mother that protect her young. However, antibodies only protect puppies for so long before they need vaccinations from their local veterinarian. Most veterinarians will start vaccinations as early as 6 weeks old so puppies aren't left vulnerable once the effects of the antibodies start to fade.

Your puppy will need vaccinations every 3 to 4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age. The puppy vaccination schedule will depend on the veterinary office you use and the puppy's health. Vaccines protect your puppy from getting sick until their immune system matures.

Recommending puppy shots has helped decrease the occurrence of life-threatening or even deadly diseases. While certain diseases may be less common than they were 100 years ago, they still exist in the environment. For this reason, it's important to protect your puppy from preventable diseases.

How Puppy Vaccinations Work

Vaccines work by triggering a response from your puppy's immune system to create antibodies against a certain disease. That way, if your puppy is ever infected with that disease, their immune system will recognize it and release protective antibodies. Vaccines can lessen the severity of symptoms and certain vaccines protect your puppy completely from getting sick.

Why We Require Vaccinations

To enroll in our puppy school program, your puppy will need the first two sets of puppy shots and the Bordetella vaccine. Your puppy will also need to be fully vaccinated to participate in doggy daycare and dog boarding for extended stays.

American Animal Hospital Assocation Core Vaccinations

Core vaccinations are absolutely essential for your dog to live a healthy life. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends the following core vaccines.

  • Distemper
  • Parvovirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Rabies

Non-core vaccines are still important, but may not be necessary depending on your puppy's lifestyle and other disease risks. For example, we require the Bordetella vaccine for our dogs because they are frequently exposed to other dogs during puppy day care, puppy training, and dog boarding. However, your vet may not recommend the vaccine if you keep your dog at home and have no other pets.

The AAHA considers the following vaccines to be non-core:

  • Bordetella
  • Measles
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine influenza
  • Lyme disase
  • Leptospirosis

We offer a range of services to help you raise your puppy to be confident, well-behaved, and healthy. If you have any questions about what puppy shots we require, or wish to enroll in puppy day care, call Dog Gone Fun at (517) 657-4300 today. We look forward to hearing from you!