what vaccines should be given to a 5 month puppy? and when?
I recently bought a female 5 month old puppy, am not sure what her breed is but i think its some kind of a terrior.. what vaccines should i give her? And when should she be given the vaccines?
on Jan 15th 2013
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Congratulations on your new puppy!
First, has she had any vaccinations at all yet? If not, or if you're not sure, start with a standard puppy vaccine (it's generally a "5-way" vaccine, meaning it covers the five primary vaccines dogs need).
What I recommend is doing a series of three vaccinations: one every four weeks. Purchase the same puppy vaccine each time. The vaccine works as a booster as well as a primary vaccination. Once you finish the third series of shots, you'll be able to get her rabies vaccine through a vet.
The annual dog vaccines (the 5-way and 7-way) and bordetella (kennel cough) are purchasable over the counter at pet stores and feed stores. They generally don't cost very much and are usually cheaper than getting them via Walgreens.
Bordetella can be given at 6+ weeks, and it's recommended to administer every six months, and primarily only if your dog is going to dog parks, stores, being kenneled, or interacting with other dogs outside your house.
Beau answered on 1/15/13. Helpful? / 0
Although vaccines can be given by an owner, unless you are prepared and equipped to deal with an emergency such as anaphylactic shock, they are best left to a professional veterinarian.
Not only will that vet give the vaccine safely and be prepared to deal with allergic reaction should it occur, he/she will also do a stool check for worms, and otherwise give your dog a physical to check for any number of other problems, diseases, etc.
Vaccines are usually given to young puppies and it is unusual for a five month old to have had none. Check with the person you got this dog from FIRST to see what may have been given, it is not healthy to give any dog too many vaccines.
Along the same lines, your local veterinarian will know what vaccines your dog needs for the area you live in. Combo vaccines with four or more different components are no longer routinely given and are not usually recommended for the average dog. In most cases, too many vaccines are worse than two few!!!