Dogs love to roam and explore the world around them. From sniffing plants and animals to digging in the trash, it's no wonder that our furry friends can come into contact with all sorts of diseases and illnesses. Vaccinations help protect dogs from these potentially harmful infections and they are an important part of keeping your dog healthy. At Mauston Pet Hospital, Dr. Kaleka and our team provide vaccinations for dogs of all ages. Let's take a closer look at the importance of dog vaccinations.
How Do Dogs Get Exposed to Disease?
There are several ways that dogs can come into contact with diseases. If they spend time outdoors, they can pick up infections from other animals or contaminated soil. Dogs that socialize with other dogs at the park, doggy daycare, or elsewhere are also at risk of contracting illnesses from their canine companions. Even indoor dogs are at risk. If they come in contact with contaminated objects such as toys or food bowls, they can still contract an infection.
The Benefits of Pet Vaccinations
Vaccinations help protect dogs from a variety of diseases, some of which can be deadly. By ensuring that your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations, you can ensure he will live a long and healthy life. Vaccinations also help protect the health of the community. Some diseases, such as rabies, can be passed from animals to humans. By vaccinating your dog, you help reduce the risk of these diseases spreading.
How Do Dog Vaccinations Work?
Vaccinations work by introducing a small amount of the virus or bacteria that causes the disease into your dog's body. As your dog's immune system fights off the infection, it creates antibodies to the virus or bacteria. These antibodies remain in your dog's system and provide immunity against future infections. If your dog is ever exposed to the disease, his immune system will be able to quickly fight it off, preventing him from becoming ill.
When Should Dogs Be Vaccinated?
Puppies should begin their vaccination series as early as 6-8 weeks old. Puppies need a booster vaccine every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. After that, they will need annual booster vaccines to maintain their immunity. Adult dogs also need annual booster vaccines. Some veterinarians may recommend more frequent booster vaccines for dogs with certain health conditions or those that spend a lot of time around other dogs.
Contact Mauston Pet Hospital for Dog Vaccinations
At Mauston Pet Hospital, we offer a variety of vaccinations for dogs of all breeds and ages. Dr. Kaleka is trained to administer vaccinations and help your dog live the best life possible. Call our team today at (608) 847-6024 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.