In light of all that’s going on in the world, many pet owners have been making good use of the government’s exercise policy and getting outdoors for those 5 kilometres with their best friends. But, did you know that you could be putting your puppy at risk by bringing them outside without having been vaccinated? Even playing with their friends in the park can become a risky activity (when you yourself are adhering to social distancing guidelines, of course).
Read on and learn all there is to know about having your puppy vaccinated!
What is a Vaccination?:
Vaccines impart a tiny dose of the virus or disease into the bloodstream so that our, or in this case your pet’s, body can develop the proper anti-bodies without becoming stressed from a full-on viral attack. Essentially, this gives your pupper’s immune system the instructions on how to beat a particular virus, making sure that when they do contract it, it passes with as much notice as a light breeze. Vaccines give your puppy the best chance at a happy and long life and are completely safe.
In particular, we immunise puppies against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospirosis. We also have an option to vaccinate against bronchitis (kennel cough), which is great for all dogs who visit kennels, play with other dogs, visit the park and go to training. We strongly recommend it!
When do we Vaccinate?:
When you get your hands on a new bundle of fluffy joy, it’s important that they are vaccinated at the right stages of their life. We normally recommend a puppy’s first vaccine to happen around the 6-8 week mark and then again after they are 10 weeks old. Finally, we would normally have them take a booster shot every year; just to make sure that their immune system is in tip-top condition. In summary:
• First vaccine from 6-8 weeks old
• Second vaccine from 10 weeks old
• Annual booster every year after that.
How do we Vaccinate?:
In the same way we periodically vaccinate our young against new diseases, we vaccinate our pets too. By using a small injection (so small that they won’t even feel it), the vaccine is introduced to your pet’s bloodstream where their immune system then takes over. In essence, it’s an extremely quick, painless and vital procedure that we carry out almost ten times a day. Afterwards, your pup will get a treat for being such a good patient and you’ll be on your way; no mess, no fuss, in and out!
How much does it cost?:
The annual booster shot for a dog is normally €50, but... With our Puppy Pet Health Plan, you’ll receive all vaccinations for free; yes, free. You’ll also receive 20% off on all of our Royal Canin specialty diets and a snazzy 10% off on neutering. These deals are especially useful for new pups, giving them the best start in life that you could possibly offer them. We’ll also trim their nails for free, and that’s something we’ll do for life. And that’s not all! Your pup will also be entitled to receive reduced Emergency Consultation Fees. If you’d like to know more about our amazing Puppy Pet Health Plan, look no further than here.
What’s the catch?:
There is no catch. With a vaccine (and annual booster shot), your puppy is protected for life from the worst diseases known to dogs. Having your pup vaccinated also means that they’ll be protected while out on walks, playing with their friends, staying in a kennel, messing in the garden and interacting with other animals and insects. Vaccines are your dog’s passport to the open world!
So, with that being-
Wait, what about the music question?:
I had hoped you’d forget about that one. It’s not quite related to puppy vaccines, but... In my experience, Fleetwood Mac seems to sit well with my cat. Although, my sister-in-law’s dog seems to enjoy David Bowie, so, I don’t know what to tell you! Perhaps you can do some research into what music your pet enjoys best?
Having answered all of your questions (even the unrelated music one), we hope we’ve given you a good idea of what’s involved when you decide to get your puppy vaccinated. As one of the most important things in your pup’s life, it pays to be informed about it. Of course if you still have other, non-musically related questions, you can always phone us or drop us a line on our website here.
As always, we wish good health to you and yours during these strange times!