Bulldog Care: Why Your Pet Needs Regular Vet Visits

bulldog careImmunization is important to dogs as it is to humans. A lot of the most infectious and dangerous canine diseases can be easily prevented with vaccines. For everyone’s safety, do not take for granted your pet’s shots.

Like humans, a puppy receives immunity in the womb, however, this immunity fades pretty quickly during the first few weeks of life therefore they need to be given shots at a time when they’ll be the most effective. Generally, shots are given when the pup is 4 to 6 weeks until s she’s about 16 weeks old. DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus) vaccine is a yearly vaccine administered to dogs once they reach adulthood. Rabies, on the other hand, require annual boosters.

These vaccines will prevent the following common diseases:

  • Canine Distemper – a devastating disease that could fatally hit a dog, especially its nervous system. This has been a major killer of dogs in the past and even now. The DHLPP address this health risk and is usually given between 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Rabies – Highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. This is dangerous to humans especially to humans. Anti-rabies shots are given when the puppy is 3 to 4 months old and given annually afterwards.
  • Canine Parvovirus – This virus is the most common yet the hardest virus to kill. 80% fatal and could survive on objects for a period of time. It kills canines in a matter of days. Only a vet can determine when and how often a dog need this vaccine.
  • Canine Leptospirosis – This parasite replicates in the canine’s organs therefore interfering with its proper functions. If left untreated, it could cause kidney, liver failure and even death. A booster is given annually but it is required to be given every 6 months in high-risk regions.
  • Viral Hepatitis – This is a blood disease that fatally affects a canine’s liver. On its initial stages, this virus affects the larynx and tonsils causing coughing, sore throat and pneumonia to the dog. Once it enters the bloodstream, it affects the eyes, kidneys and liver. A dog, once given the DHLPP, needs yearly boosters for this.
  • Canine Parainfluenza – This respiratory tract infection is highly contagious but quite self-limiting and mild. It is not harmful in itself but it can open to other respiratory problems that is why the vaccine is included in the DHLPP.

Vaccines can protect your dog and also you that is why it is vital that shots are given by a veterinarian. Bulldog care is very vital so make sure you are on top of his happiness and also his well-being.

 

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