Puppy Vaccinations

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time! But to ensure your furry friend thrives, proper veterinary care is crucial. Puppy vaccinations are an essential part of keeping your pup healthy and protected from preventable diseases. Eola Point Animal Hospital, your trusted veterinarian near you in Aurora, IL, is here to guide you through the importance of puppy vaccinations and the recommended schedule.

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Why Vaccinations Are Important for Puppies

Puppies are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases because their immune systems are still developing. Vaccinations work by introducing a weakened or inactive form of a virus or bacteria to the puppy's body. This allows the immune system to learn how to fight the disease without actually getting sick. Once vaccinated, your puppy will have the necessary antibodies to combat these diseases if they encounter them in the future.

Recommended Puppy Vaccination Schedule

The recommended puppy vaccination schedule can vary slightly depending on your puppy's breed, lifestyle, and potential risk factors. However, a general guideline includes the following core vaccines:

•           Distemper: This highly contagious and potentially fatal disease can cause respiratory problems, vomiting, diarrhea, and neurological issues.

•           Adenovirus: This virus group can cause respiratory illness and hepatitis.

•           Parvovirus: This highly contagious and serious illness causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

•           Parainfluenza: This virus contributes to respiratory infections in dogs.

•           Rabies: This deadly disease affects the nervous system and is fatal if left untreated. Rabies vaccinations are also required by law in most areas.

Here's a typical puppy vaccination schedule to give you an idea of the timing:

•           6-8 weeks old: First dose of DA2PP (covers distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza)

•           10-12 weeks old: Second dose of DA2PP

•           14-16 weeks old: Third dose of DA2PP and Rabies vaccination

•           1 year old: Booster shot for DA2PP and Rabies (frequency of boosters may vary depending on your veterinarian's recommendation)

Additional Vaccinations:

In addition to core vaccines, your veterinarian may recommend non-core vaccines based on your puppy's lifestyle and risk factors. These may include vaccines for:

•           Leptospirosis: A bacterial disease transmitted through contact with infected animals or contaminated water.

•           Bordetella (Kennel Cough): A highly contagious respiratory illness common in boarding facilities and dog parks.

Schedule Your Puppy's Vaccinations Today

Eola Point Animal Hospital in Aurora, IL, offers comprehensive veterinary services, including puppy vaccinations. Our experienced veterinarians will create a personalized vaccination plan to ensure your puppy receives the necessary protection at the appropriate time. We understand the importance of preventative care for your new furry companion.

Call Eola Point Animal Hospital today at (630) 236-8730 to schedule your puppy's first wellness exam and discuss the recommended vaccination schedule. To learn more about vaccinations for your furry friend, check out our Vaccinations Page. We look forward to partnering with you in ensuring your puppy's long-term health and happiness!

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