Everyone knows that puppies have to get vaccinations (get their jabs) done at certain ages and then every year after that into their adulthood.
Most vets recommend you to get the puppy’s first jabs done at about 6 weeks old and then their second jabs 2 weeks later. Your pup is not covered by the vaccinations though until at least 1 week (usually 2 weeks) after the second vaccination – so please don’t walk them in public areas and keep them away from other dogs that might not be vaccinated either!
Owners are then advised (by the vets) to get their dogs’ a regular booster vaccination every year of the dogs life.
Any pup we breed will have both of their vaccinations before they go to their new homes.
We will take them to our own vet for a check-up, vaccinations, flea and worming treatment and just to socialise.
Vaccinations include protection from distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis.
Each pup will have their own vet vaccination record of what they have been given, when they had it and when they are due to have a booster.
There is always debate and research around vaccinations – whether it be for dogs or people! If you are unsure whether to get your Dogue vaccinated, please just speak to a vet.
Do as much research as you can online, but just remember more people post horror stories than they do good stories! It’s always best to just go to the professionals and get their advice, see what your own common sense says and then go from there. 🙂
We always vaccinate all of our animals to keep them as healthy and safe as possible.
Do the vaccinations hurt?
Well, I can’t lie – yes they do. Same as an injection for us or a baby, it hurts.
You may find your poor pooch will squeal or yelp when they go for their vaccinations. Personally, I hate it, but I know it keeps them healthier and prevents some of the horrible diseases that can occur in dogs. I would rather them suffer a small injection than the agony of parvovirus!
Will my dog be ok after the vaccinations?
Yes, they will be fine. Like all jabs though, it may make them feel a little sleepy, sickly and definitely sorry for themselves!
Some reactions after a vaccination can include (but don’t always happen):
- not hungry
- feeling sickly
- redness or swelling by the injection area
- soreness by the injection area
- sneezing or a runny nose
- feeling sorry for themselves
- needier than usual
Some dogs can have allergic reactions (like our Staffy did) – just like people – so if there are any bad reactions, call the vets or go straight there. If any reactions last for more than 24 hours, call the vets to get their advice.
The chances are your dog will just be quieter than usual, sleep a bit more and go off a meal or two.
Try not to touch the injected spot, it will be sore and probably make them yelp! Think about how you would feel after a jab – not nice!!
Rare medical emergencies
According to VCA Hospital, there are a few rare but serious reactions to keep an eye out for. If your dog suffers any of these, get the to the vets straight away!
- Collapse or fainting
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent and severe coughing
- Small, red, raised, itchy bumps over the body (hives)
- Swollen or puffy eyes, muzzle, or face
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhoea
Like I said above, the chances are they will sulk a little in their bed for a couple of days and then be back to normal!
Give them plenty of fussing, love and tempt them with some treats maybe to make them feel better!