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Welcome to Bear Hugs, fellow pet parents! If you're a proud new owner of a doggo, we're thrilled to share in your joy and welcome you to the wonderful world of dogs. We know that being a pet parent can be both exciting and overwhelming, so we're here to help guide you through the journey.
One of the first concerns for new pet parents is vaccines - What kind of vaccines should I get for my pet? What’s the right age to get them? Are all vaccines necessary for my pet? In this blog, we’ll answer all these questions, and more, about everything you should know for your beloved pup in their first year.
Let's dive in! Here are some vaccines that your dog needs in their first year:
DHPP vaccine: This one's a combo vaccine that protects your pup from three highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases - distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus. Your little one should get their first shot at around 6-8 weeks of age, followed by boosters every 3-4 weeks until they're 16-20 weeks old.
Rabies vaccine: This vaccine is a must for all our puppers as rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Plus, it's also a mandatory vaccine in most states in India. Your dog should get their first shot at around 12-16 weeks of age.
Parainfluenza vaccine: This vaccine protects your doggo from a highly contagious respiratory disease that can spread quickly among other dogs. Puppies should get their first parainfluenza shot at around 6-8 weeks of age, followed by boosters every 3-4 weeks until they're 16-20 weeks old.
Bordetella vaccine: If your pup is going to be spending time in a boarding facility or around other dogs, this vaccine is a must-have as it protects them from kennel cough, a bacterial infection that can be pretty nasty. Your little one should get their first bordetella shot at around 8-12 weeks of age.
Canine Coronavirus vaccine: While not all vets recommend this vaccine, it may be appropriate for puppies who are at higher risk of exposure, such as those who live in kennels or shelters. Your pet should get their first canine coronavirus shot at around 6-8 weeks of age, followed by boosters every 3-4 weeks until they're 16-20 weeks old.
Remember, every pupper is unique, so it's important to work closely with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines your pup needs based on their individual needs and lifestyle. Your vet will also help you create a vaccination schedule that's tailored to your dog.
At Bear Hugs, we're committed to helping you give your buddy the best possible care. If you have any questions or concerns about vaccines for your pup, don't hesitate to reach out in the comments. We're here to help you keep your little one healthy and happy!