German Shepherd puppies are quite strong, but they do not have strong immunity against common dangerous diseases. That is why vaccination is recommended from infancy. There is a specific schedule according to which veterinary clinics give injections to dogs according to age.
What Vaccinations Does a German Shepherd Puppy Need?
The first year of a small pet’s life is an important stage in the formation of a dog. It was during this period that the foundations of the pet’s health were laid. It is important not only to correctly vaccinate in a predetermined time frame but also to properly prepare the pet for a trip to the veterinary clinic.
The owner of the “German” should take care of:
preliminary deworming (this will help avoid poisoning the animal’s body);
the health of the pet (on the day of vaccination, you should monitor the well-being of the dog, it should not be lethargic, have signs of illness, soft stools, or increased body temperature);
the development of an allergic reaction (it is recommended to give the animal an antihistamine a few hours before the administration of the vaccine).
Important! After vaccination, the dog needs to be provided with comfortable conditions, fresh drinking water in an accessible place, and constant monitoring of its condition.
Usually, German Shepherds tolerate any vaccinations well, however, exceptions do occur. A pet can get an allergic reaction or side effects from the vaccine when the doctor’s help is urgently needed.
The Age at Which They Begin to Vaccinate
Experts note that the puppy has excellent health and immunity to viruses and diseases as long as it feeds on its mother’s milk. Together with food, antibodies resistant to harmful viruses enter the baby’s blood.
The beginning of the vaccination is considered to be 8-10 weeks of the pet’s life. During this period, the puppy already ceases to be saturated with only mother’s milk and switches to a naturally balanced diet. Support in the form of strong medicines that form immunity against the most dangerous pathologies is extremely important for him.
There are a number of vaccinations to be given in the first year of a German Shepherd puppy’s life:
at 2 months – a complex vaccine against hepatitis, parvovirus enteritis, coronavirus enteritis, and viral carnivorous plague;
after 14 – 21 days – revaccination is carried out;
at 6 months (after changing milk teeth) – a complex vaccine against leptospirosis, distemper, and adenovirus;
at 8 – 9 months – rabies vaccination.
It is very important to get all the necessary injections and follow all the recommendations of the veterinarian. This is the only way to be sure of the dog’s stable immunity to deadly viruses.
What Vaccinations are Given to an Adult Dog?
Not many people know, but adults also need to be vaccinated. Veterinarians advise doing this once a year with a complex vaccine against various types of enteritis, distemper, and hepatitis. Also, once a year, after deworming, a rabies vaccination is given.
Basically, the owners of German shepherds only give the rabies vaccine, which is a big mistake. Despite the early injections from viral infections and the formation of strong immunity, it is better to vaccinate the dog against deadly diseases annually.
At What Age?
Most vaccines last for about a year. Thus, the injection should be given every year, at about the same time, in order to exclude the development of undesirable consequences. Depending on the manufacturer, the drugs have different periods of action. So one drug can form stable immunity after 10 days, while another will need 20 – 30 days.
Caring for a Dog During Post-vaccination Quarantine
It should be understood that a dog that has undergone the vaccination procedure requires close attention. It is necessary to monitor her well-being and control her condition. It is necessary to make sure that the temperature does not rise, does not appear lethargic, or lack appetite.
You should also protect the communication of the animal with other pets on the street. Immune protection is greatly reduced in the post-vaccination period, infection with any viruses can occur. It is better to choose food that is light, well digestible, so as not to cause additional trouble for the pet.