06 Apr Basic Vaccines for Dogs
Basic vaccines should be administered to your beloved canine to protect him from life-threatening diseases. The basic vaccines are canine distemper (CDV), canine parvovirus 2 (CPV-2), canine adenovirus 2 (CAV), and rabies.
Puppies should be vaccinated at five to eight weeks of age, and not before, because their immune systems are immature and the presence of maternal antibodies can block the puppy’s immune system from responding appropriately. Ideally the next shots would be administered at 11 to 12 weeks, followed by the last at 14 to 16 weeks, according to Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chair of the Department of Path Biological Sciences at School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The rabies vaccine is mandated by law. The first rabies vaccine should be administered no earlier than 12 to 16 weeks of age, and followed up again one year later. At that time, the three year vaccine may be administered, and then every three years thereafter.