How to Prepare First Puppy Shots
The need for vaccination is beyond doubt. Lyme, DHLPP, Bordetella vaccines are so common that no one doubts its necessity. It is also easy to find a puppy shot schedule. Today, we’re going to talk more about preparing your puppy for vaccinations because it’s the right approach and body condition that determines the success of shots for puppies.
Vaccination is the injection of a weakened or killed pathogen into the body to teach the immune system how to deal with it. In response to the introduction of the antigen, the body begins to produce antibodies, which will circulate in the blood for about a year (after this period, another puppy shots are given to extend the protection). Thus, if a real, not weakened, the pathogen enters the body, the immune system, already familiar with it, will quickly destroy it.
As you can see, the immune system plays a major role in vaccination. It is the immune system that must “process” the antigen, remember it, and develop the correct response. And the immune system has to be very strong to get the result. A weakened immune system will not react properly to the causative agent. At best, the vaccination won’t work, and at worst, your puppy will get sick with the disease he was vaccinated against as his weak immunity won’t cope with the antigens.
So the main rule is to vaccinate only clinically healthy puppies. It’s step number one. Even a small scratch on the leg, digestive problems, or fever are good reasons to postpone vaccination. But apart from external ailments, which are not difficult to notice, there are internal problems that run asymptomatically. An infestation, for example, may not manifest itself for a long time.
The risk of helminth infection should never be underestimated. Statistics show that most pets are infected with helminths, and the owners are unaware of this. If there are few helminths in the body, symptoms do not appear for some time. However, helminth products weaken the immune system and slowly but surely disturb the organ where the parasites are located. The second step towards successful vaccination is therefore quality deworming. You can carry it out yourself by giving your pet medication according to the instructions.
Deworming should be done 10-14 days before vaccination!
We recommend you see your vet before you buy any medication for your pet. Despite the availability and prevalence of medicines for pets, which you can buy even online, they can be harmful to your pet. Worm medicines are quite hard on living organisms as they are toxic. The correct dosage depends on several factors, and you should consult a doctor to consider them all. Remember that a specialist consultation will help you keep your dog healthy.
And the third step is to support the immune system before and after vaccination. After deworming, you should remove toxins from your pet’s body, so that they do not weaken the immune system. To do this, liquid prebiotics should be injected into your puppy’s diet 14 days before vaccination. Ideally, they should also not be taken out of the diet for two weeks after the vaccination as they will support the immune system and help her cope with antigens.
And lastly, don’t forget about the timeliness of vaccination! Your pet’s body will only be protected if the vaccination is on schedule. So it’s best to have your pet vaccinated at your favorite vet’s clinic where the doctor will know all about your pet and will remind you of the need for a scheduled vaccination.
Keep your pet healthy and remember that diseases are easier to prevent than to fight them.
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