What Are Vaccines?
Vaccinations for puppies work in the same way as they do for humans. A vaccine is a health product which usually contains a weak or dead strain of a virus and triggers an immune response. Most of the time, these vaccines are harmless, and only mimic ordinary viruses. Their purpose is to expose your puppy to certain viruses so that they are equipped to fight them in the future.
By exposing a dog’s body to a virus, you allow its immune system to ‘learn’about it. Vaccines train the body in combatting certain viruses. When the vaccines are injected, the dog’s immune system recognises its presence and sends white blood cells to fight it. These blood cells produce proteins (antibodies) which fight the foreign agent (the virus). These antibodies hang around in the blood in the case that your dog encounters the virus again. This process allows the dog’s body to learn about the virus and how to fight it, making it easier to fight it again in the future.
Should I Vaccinate My Puppy?
Dog Vaccinations are an important component of any dog’s health regimen because they protect your pet against very common and potentially deadly diseases. Vaccinations are especially important for young puppies who are more vulnerable to disease. By vaccinating your do as early as possible, you drastically improve their immunity and give them the best possible chance at a long and happy life.
Another key aspect of vaccines is that they create what’s referred to as ‘herd immunity’. If all dog owners are responsible, and vaccinate their pets early, they create hostile zone for the virus, which can’t find a host, and eventually hibernates or dies.
Socialisation is an important part of any dog’s development. Unfortunately, you don’t know what diseases the other dogs at the dog park are infected with. By vaccinating your dog against the most common diseases, you, can introduce them to other dogs earlier without having to worry about them picking up a potentially deadly virus.
Because vaccination is an easy process, and it is relative cheap, there is really no reason to not vaccinate your puppy. Besides, the cost and effort of vaccinating your puppy will seem like nothing when compared to the cost, burden, and sadness of dealing with a sick or dying pet. For these reasons, we strongly recommend vaccinating your puppy!
What Are the Common Diseases We Vaccinate Against?
These vaccines protect against common and potentially deadly diseases.
C3 Vaccine (The Basic Vaccine)
- Canine Distemper Virus
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis)
Non – Core Vaccines (Additional Vaccines)
These vaccines protect against the deadly diseases above as well as some other diseases which can cause discomfort and pain for your pet.
CC Vaccine (Canine Cough Vaccine)
- Parainfluenza (Viral component of Canine Cough)
- Bordatella bronchiseptica (Bacterial component of Canine Cough)
C5 Vaccine (Core + Canine Cough)
- C3 Vaccine
- Bordatella bronchiseptica
C7 Vaccine (Core + Canine Cough + Extra)
- C5 Vaccine
- Leptospirosis (Bacterial Disease which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhoea)
- Tetanus (A potentially deadly disease which causes muscle spasms)
How Much Do Dog Vaccinations Cost?
Dog vaccinations vary considerably across brands, areas, and veterinarians. The below prices are listed as an indication of what vaccinations will cost. Don’t be worried about the technical lingo, this will be explained below.
C3 = $60-$70
C5 = $85-$90
C7 = $100
Can My Pet Insurance Cover Vaccinations?
Pet Insurance does not usually cover vaccination procedures however, some companies, can reduce some of the costs.
Keep in mind that some insurers offer reduced premiums for vaccinated pet. Also, some insurers wont cover pets who aren’t vaccinated if they do get infected by a vaccinated disease.
When Should I Get My Puppy Vaccinated?
Vaccination Schedule for Puppies
These are the vaccines that a puppy needs in their year. These vaccines are especially important because they offer the initial protection against infectious diseases.
First Vaccination – (C3) Vaccination at 6-8 weeks
Second Vaccination – (C5) at 12 weeks
Third Vaccination – (C3 Booster) at 16 weeks
First Annual Vaccination – 15 Months
Once your dog has received its first annual vaccination, it is important to keep up vaccinations to ensure continued protection. The CC Vaccine should be re-administered every year, and the C3, C5 or C7 vaccine should be re-administered once every 3 years.
The advice in this article is meant to be general advice only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinarian. You should always be in consultation with your veterinarian in regard to vaccinations.