Protect Your Pets From Distemper And Parvo

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The Importance of Parvo Vaccines One of the toughest vaccinations your pet can get is the Parvo vaccine, primarily because of the powerful ability it has to protect against a whole host of deadly diseases. The Parvo vaccination is so important because it is designed to prevent your dog from receiving a wide array of life-threatening diseases. It is also highly effective in preventing the transmission of several types of infectious diseases, including distemper, rabies, and parvovirus. Although your vet will be able to administer the parvo vaccine properly, you should also know how to give it to your pet, so that he or she receives full protection. There are several ways of giving the Parvo vaccine and the methods do vary, but they all should be followed closely to ensure your pet is healthy and parasite-free after receiving the vaccine.

First, let’s look at the proper way of giving the parvo vaccine. One of the first things your vet will likely tell you is that you should not administer the vaccine to your pet if they are experiencing any form of severe diarrhea or vomiting. It is important to understand that if your pet is vomiting excessively, it could be a symptom of something more serious. In this instance, it is best to take your pet to the veterinarian for a proper diagnosis instead of trying to treat diarrhea itself. If diarrhea continues, it may be necessary to administer fluids and other medications.

Parvo Vaccine

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In terms of administration, it is often recommended that you begin administering the parvo vaccine about one week before the infection is beginning. This is usually accomplished by mixing a small amount of the preventative vaccine in a bowl of boiled chicken soup and then giving your canine a sip of the soup. In many cases, the illness will last only a few days before the dog’s stool is cooked, which means that the diarrhea is simply an indicator that the parasites have entered their system. For this reason, if you notice your pet has been vomiting frequently or has extreme diarrhea, you should immediately take them into the veterinarian. The preventative vaccine will need to be continued in order to prevent re-infestation.

Veterinarians tend to recommend either a single dose of the parvo vaccine or a series of doses, in order to provide the greatest protection for your puppy. However, many owners prefer to administer their dogs a series of doses prior to each visit to the veterinarian. Although the number of doses is not as important as the type of vaccination, most vets recommend at least three consecutive injections, as it takes time for the puppy to build up immunity to the insect bite. Your veterinarian can determine the appropriate schedule based on your pet’s age and general health. Be sure to consult with them about this important vaccination and any other vaccinations that you may need to administer to your puppy.

A Much Ado 

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When it comes to booster shots, most veterinarians will recommend that your puppies be vaccinated as soon as they turn two months old. The reason behind this recommendation is that older dogs are at greater risk of contracting parvo than younger dogs. By two months, however, most dogs will have built up sufficient immunity to be able to be vaccinated. If your dog gets the parvo vaccine after two months, it is very important that you vaccinate him or her again immediately in order to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the shot.

Although the parvo vaccine has no known side effects, there are still precautions that you should take when administering the shot to your dog. It’s important that you take special care not to administer the vaccine into your dog’s eye because this portion of the face is very sensitive and can easily be damaged by excess saliva. Also, you must be sure to carefully read and understand the instructions given to you by your vet, as there can be serious side effects from improper administration of the vaccine. If in doubt, contact your vet immediately.

Because distemper and parvovirus are usually transmitted through contaminated animals, the standard disinfection method is recommended by most veterinarians. This includes washing the hands of your pet with soap and water and then rinsing the animal with water. You may also want to invest in an alcohol-based disinfectant for further protection. The veterinarian will likely ask you to wash your hands with alcohol as well, so make sure you do that before putting the distemper and parvo vaccine into your dogs’ system.

Final Words 

Distemper and parvo are highly contagious diseases that can be fatal if they are not caught in time. If your pet dog contracts either of these types of infections, he or she will most likely die within a short period of time. It is essential that you vaccinate your dogs against both types of these infectious diseases in order to protect them from being fatal.

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