Puppy Dog Rabies Shots by Dr. Lyle Brumley
Hi. My name is Doctor Lyle Brumley. I am the owner of the Foxmoor Veterinary Clinic that is located here in Aurora, IL on Ogden Avenue.
In this video, I’ll be speaking on the subject of vaccinations (puppy shots). I also recommend that you consider spay neuter. I also will be talking about the subject of vaccinations for the older dogs (dog shots).
Puppy Dog Rabies Shots Questions and other Veterinary Advice.
When should you bring your pup in? What vaccines does our clinic give? How frequently do we give these vaccinations? These are examples of questions that some of our clients may have.
When a person gets a new pup, that person may often be prone to say something like, “We’ll get the pup and we know where we are going to take that pup (etc.).” The breeder or the pet shop owner (or wherever you got that pet) then tells you that the pup does not need any shots for three or four weeks (or they may even say that there is no need for puppy shots) UNTIL AFTER THE RETURN PERIOD EXPIRES.
DO NOT pay any attention to that very questionable advice from a seller.
I would hope that you would have enough courage to take that pup to a veterinarian. That veterinarian should probably have 10 years of college training. I think that we veterinarians are more qualified to tell you about what shots are needed for that pup and when those shots should be given to that pup (compared to listening to a layperson).
Puppy Dog Rabies Shots may detect birth defects within the return period.
When you get that new pet, you need to call and make an appointment with a veterinarian right away. This should be done partly because that infant canine should be examined for the sake of the financial benefit of the owner. There are certain things (upon first exam) that we may tell you that you need to know right away (for example, that there is a congenital problem).
Congenital problems are brought on through genetics. There is no fault in that situation other than the fault lying with the genes. We may want to send you back to have that pup replaced. You want to do that before getting attached to that pup (making it difficult to return it).
We can decide, at that time (depending on the age of the canine when you bring it in), what puppy shots are needed and how often those puppy shots should be administered. Maybe that pup is actually not in need of more vaccinations. On the other hand, there’s a series that we like to make sure that the dog (or pup) gets. This is because of the whole situation regarding how many and how much protection that the pup needs.
Puppy Dog Rabies Shots are a sequence of shots.
We usually talk about puppies that are 8 weeks of age and younger as giving them puppy shots (or maybe they have already had their first puppy vaccination). This is opposed to what we might call “the adult vaccinations”. This has to do with how much protection the puppy gets from Momma when that puppy begins to nurse during that first 24 hours after birth. Basically, we’d like to see that little pup at LEAST at 8 weeks of age. If we do, then we can very easily work in the three vaccinations (each one at two weeks apart). Those vaccines are meant for diseases that are known as distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, and adenovirus. New puppies really need to be protected from those diseases. That puppy would get three or four (depending on the age of the puppy when we see them) vaccinations.
Rabies shots are required by Illinois State Law for any dog (or cat) that is over the age of four months. It is NOT six months. People are often mistaken about that time period. It is FOUR months. The most important thing that you can do with that new puppy is to bring it in. At that point, we can talk about the vaccinations that the puppy already received in the past. We can also talk about the puppy shots that will be needed in the future. It is very important that you get that puppy into our clinic before that puppy is three or four months old. This is to be done so that we can get the puppy’s protection squared away.
With the new puppies, vaccines can be given on a small table without any problems. The grown-up dogs pose a different situation. At my practice, I enjoy very much the fact that I have a hydraulic table that goes up and down at my control. When the table is down, the larger dogs stand up on that hydraulic table. The attached scale weighs the big dog. Once that big dog is weighed, a little leash is attached around the dog’s neck. The leash is hooked to the back of that table. Once that big dog is hooked up, I then lift the dog up from down below. Remember that the big dog might weigh as much as 70-80 pounds.
Puppy Dog Rabies Shots continue through out the animal’s life.
The big dog is then lifted up to a reasonable height where I can now work with it without breaking my back. I have had one of these hydraulic tables since as far back as I can remember when I first started my practice. This is something that works out very, very well. It gives me control. I can trim the big dog’s nails. I can vaccinate that big dog with the needed dog shots. I can do whatever is needed. Some of these dogs are very rambunctious and do not want to hold still. As long as I am able to control that big dog’s head with the hydraulic table’s leash, I am then able to work with that big dog no matter what. This includes situations where that big dog may try to bite me. That dog is not able to bite me when I have control over it.
What types of vaccinations are needed for the older dog? In my practice, I talk about the core vaccinations that include distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvo. Those are all mixed into one vaccination that we talk about as being the “Distemper Vaccination”. Another important vaccination is for Bordetella. Bordetella is a part of a disease that is highly contagious in dogs (“kennel cough”). The rabies vaccine is also very important, and it is required by Illinois State Law.
I suggest that the rabies vaccine, the Bordetella vaccine, and the DHPP vaccination all be given to the older dogs.
In addition to annual vaccinations, a wellness examination is performed to determine if a teeth cleaning is necessary.