Both deworming and vaccination are important for dogs – they are part of preventive medicine. Also, preventing dogs from illness is advantageous for both dog and owner. As such, dogs remain healthy and the owner does not have to incur medical expenses for their treatment.
To know more about vaccinating and deworming your pet dog up to 16 weeks old, refer to the following details.
For 8-week old Puppies
As your pet dog reaches 8 weeks, make sure to take them for their first 5-in-1 vaccine (also, referred to as the distemper/parvo combination vaccine). As a pet owner, you can administer the vaccine with the help of needles, or else, consult your vet.
You must deworm your dog from 6-8 weeks onward, as well. Dewormers help to get rid of intestinal parasites (including hookworms and roundworms) in dogs.
However, you can start deworming your dog early on from 2 weeks of age too. This is when your dog has been surviving in contaminated environments – such as kennels or other properties having many dogs.
Following the first dewormer, the dogs should be dewormed every month until they are 4 months old. Then, you can deworm them according to the risk perception.
For 12-week old Puppies
If your pet dog has been administered the first 5-in-1 vaccine, then they need a booster vaccine when they are 12 weeks old. Also, consider administering booster Parvo vaccines every 3-4 weeks and continue until they are 16 weeks old.
More so, your puppy should be vaccinated for kennel cough or bordatella (depending on their breed and risk factors) when they are 12 weeks old.
Also, administer follow-up dewormers for eliminating brown ticks, skin mites, roundworms, and parasite-carrying fleas that your dog may be suffering from.
For 16-week old Puppies
Now is the time to take your dog for the third 5-in-1 vaccine as well as the second bordatella one (if required). Also, when your pup turns 16 weeks old, they are old enough to get their first 1-year rabies vaccination.
Additionally, examine your puppy’s fecal matter to detect any intestinal parasites. Accordingly, you can ascertain whether to administer them with the third-round dewormer.
Deworming Dogs: A Brief
Deworming dogs helps to get rid of worms, parasites that are present in their intestines or stomach. Now, dogs consume dirt, trash, and poop – and that makes them susceptible to pests. Moreover, they can pass along the unwanted guests to their companions, owners, and playmates.
Also, worms in young puppies can make them ill. This is because the pests thrive on the food that the pups consume and, also, suck their blood; the puppies become weak as a result.
Vaccination for Dogs: A Brief
Vaccinating dogs makes them immune to specific bacterial or viral elements. Dogs are administered the 5-in-1 vaccines for their protection. Through this vaccination, dogs are protected against Parvovirus, two types of Adenovirus (referred to as A, A2 / H), Canine Distemper Virus, and Parainfluenza or Bordatella.
Note that the Rabies vaccine is given separately and when the dogs are around 3-4 months. This is important because puppies contain antibodies that they absorb from their mother’s milk. However, the antibodies go away when the pup reaches 3-4 months. Administering the Rabies vaccine before the stipulated period can make the antibodies inactive; hence, you must avoid doing so.
Even so, administering the pups the Rabies vaccine before they are 3-4 months is advisable only if the dog’s mother has not been vaccinated for rabies. Note that Rabies is a fatal illness that affects the dog’s brain.
Further, some diseases for which dogs are vaccinated cannot be medically cured. Take the example of distemper in dogs that affect their nervous system. This is similar to Polio that affects humans.
Besides, Parvo virus causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. This illness is treatable, though in severe cases, the treatment expenses can mount.
In a nutshell, you can save yourself and your dog from a lot of trouble by deworming and vaccinating them periodically.Note: Please do your research and consult your vet before Deworming or Vaccination and do not solely follow the above article as every dog is different.
Note: Please do your research and consult your vet before Deworming or Vaccination and do not solely follow the above article as every dog is different.