What Vaccines does my 12-week-old Rescue Puppy Need?

A well-cared pet will bless you with his presence and antics for years to come. Pets are so vulnerable to parasites that make their way inside their little bodies so easily.

Having a puppy is overwhelming and fun as their cuteness will surely melt our hearts. As soon as you bring that little ball of fur in your arms, you have become the person that it will depend on during the early stages of its life…for almost everything. These little ball of fur are sensitive and needs extra care during the crucial phase of their growth. Your puppy needs to be safe as it cannot protect itself, should be fed, must be provided with a comfortable home most importantly must be kept healthy. Your little furry baby is susceptible to sickness as it is still young and growing. One of the vital thing that it needs is medical vaccines.

What is a pet vaccine?

Vaccines for pets like those vaccines for humans. They are designed to prevent illnesses that can affect your pet. Vaccination has been considered and proven to have helped pet owners in keeping their pets healthy and help them live longer. Vaccination is done by veterinarians, but some pet owners are experienced enough to conduct vaccination at home with the prescribed medication from the vet. Vaccines help your pet’s body immune system fight off disease-causing organisms. The contain anti-gens that stimulates the immune system.

When to do vaccination?

Vaccination needs to be scheduled. It is not given right away. These vaccines are effective once your puppy has been weaned. They need their first vaccination at six to eight weeks old. Whether you adopt or buy the puppy, it is important to check the medical record.

What vaccines are needed for a 12-week-old puppy?

As mentioned, vaccinations are scheduled. Here are the vaccines that you need for your fur buddy:

First vaccination 6 – 8 weeks: For this very young age, your pup needs distemper and parainfluenza vaccines. These vaccines will protect your pet from Bordetella Bronchiseptica. Bordetella Bronchiseptica is a highly infectious bacterium that can cause severe coughing, vomiting, whopping, and seizures to young pups. It can be lethal that it can be a cause of death. This is the primary cause of kennel cough, which is a highly contagious disease.
2nd vaccination 9 – 12 weeks: DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) – DHHP or Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus is a viral vaccine that will protect your pets from Distemper virus which attacks the function of the brain, the lungs, and the spinal cord.
12 weeks: Rabies. This is a very important vaccination not just to protect your pet but to protect yourself too. Once infected, it can invade the central nervous system and can cause anxiety, headache, paralysis, drooling, and death. Most states require rabies vaccination, and it is also required when you have need travel papers for your dogs.

These are the vital and very important vaccines that your 12-week old fur baby must-have. If you have not had them vaccinated, it is best to see a veterinarian for immediate remedy.

Determining the frequency and the type of vaccination

Veterinarians are the experts in knowing the timing, type, and frequency of vaccines that your dog may need. Scheduled visits to the veterinarian are essential to keep your dog healthy. As your dog grows, they will need vaccines and boosters to keep them healthy. Visits to the vet will help you keep track of the needed vaccines and, more importantly, keep track of your pet’s health.

The above-mentioned vaccines are essential for your 12-year-old ball of fur. Make sure that they are vaccinated to protect them from harmful bacteria. After that, religiously follow your vets advise for other vaccines to keep your dog healthy and in good shape. Vaccines are a good idea to keep your pets healthy and away from diseases.

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Lovelia Horn

I’m a certified crazy dog mom, a physical therapist (for hoomans), writer, animal rescuer, and foster home provider. Together with my hubby Ryan, I’ve fostered and helped look for forever homes for over a hundred shelter dogs in the Southern Illinois area. I mostly work with Puppy Rescue 911, Inc., a certified animal rescue organization based out of Chester, IL (home of Popeye!)

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