Why Vaccinating Your Pet is Important

Before you decide to bring a puppy into your life you ought to know about the possible health dangers your new pet may confront in life and do your best to shield him from them. Do not even look at getting any animal for a pet unless you are confident that you can afford proper health care to the pet for the rest of its life. Not only will your pet call for a vet in the event of a crisis, but you will also have to take your pet for regular checkups as well as vaccinations. 

Puppies usually obtain initial protection from infection from their mom. A mother’s milk may offer valuable antibodies, especially in the first breastfeeding stage. Colostrum is made by the mother in the last stages of pregnancy and the first days of nursing to supply puppies with vital nutrients and antibodies to help protect the offspring in this fragile moment. The mother must be vaccinated before giving birth as this resistance will be given to the dogs as well. This antibody protection supplied by the mother just lasts about two weeks and will offer protection only from viruses that the mother has been inoculated from. The probability of infection is still present and there is no guarantee that the puppies will not fall victim to a specific virus which is why you must be very careful with hygiene when taking care of a breastfeeding mother. Viruses are highly infectious and appropriate husbandry should be followed at all times.

Your veterinarian will recommend vaccinating dogs at six weeks of age and booster shots will be given every 3 months for a time period of sixteen weeks.

Core vaccines such as hepatitis, rabies, parvovirus, and distemper generally offer complete protection and will help prevent these diseases for more than a year. Noncore vaccinations such as measles, adenovirus-2, measles, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and coronavirus have more limited effectiveness and may include side effects which you should discuss with your veterinarian.

5 weeks of age: parvovirus vaccination should be given to secure your pet from this highly contagious virus.

This is usually referred to as a 5-way vaccination. If coronavirus is a concern in your area your vet may recommend a coronavirus vaccination too.

12 weeks of age: your pet ought to be given a rabies vaccination.

12 weeks old through to 16 weeks: is a time as soon as your puppy should be given a booster combination vaccine as well as a leptospirosis shot. If you reside in a place that has a high risk of Lyme disease and coronavirus you should inoculate against those too. A booster shot of rabies may also be awarded at the moment.

Your veterinarian ought to be able to devise a vaccination schedule for you and you need to follow it just to help protect your pet from several deadly and heartbreaking diseases and viruses. While vaccination isn’t a comprehensive guarantee your pet won’t contract these diseases, it dramatically lowers the probability of disease.


Vaccinations can prevent your pet from contracting several diseases, such as Rabies and Lyme Disease. Learn more here.

Kittens and puppies need several vaccinations and exams in their first 4 months. After their initial vaccines, we recommend updating them with a yearly routine of booster shots.

We may recommend additional vaccines to keep your pet disease-free, depending on their daily lifestyle and habits.

Blue Mountain Veterinary Services believes in prevention first. Physical tests, pet vaccinations, and parasite prevention are at the core of your pet’s long-term health and wellbeing.