Are you a new dog owner? Being a dog owner can be challenging and overwhelming at the same time. You may have heard that at some point you're going to need to get your new puppy vaccinated.
You must do this to maintain their health. However, you may have some questions and feel apprehensive about the entire process. Here are some important things you need to know about pet vaccinations.
Socialization Before Vaccination
Many pet owners wonder if they should let their dogs socialize before they have been fully vaccinated. Due to the likelihood that diseases can spread, it is a good idea to limit the amount of contact that your pet has with other animals and any unsanitary areas such as dog parks. You should be cautious about them going to training classes with other puppies as well.
Make sure that you are keeping your puppy away from dirty water and protect them from fleas and ticks too. Your vet can advise you as to which products to use for fleas and ticks.
Preparing Your Puppy for Vaccination Day
Getting your puppy ready for vaccinations does not have to be too stressful. Remember that you should lead by example. Your pet is a lot more likely to be relaxed and show signs of stress if you are agitated. It is only natural that you will feel stressed out, especially as a new pet owner but try not to show it. Speak in soft soothing voices if possible.
Bear in mind that your vet may use treats to try to calm your pet, so do not give your puppy too much to eat before they go for their vaccinations. This way the treats will be more effective.
You should also try to exercise your pet ahead of the appointment if possible. Getting them to work off any excess energy before their visit can help to keep them calmer.
Reactions from Vaccinations
You may be wondering how your pet will react to the vaccination. While every pet is different, there are some common reactions that you can expect. For example, the vaccination site will probably have some swelling and tenderness.
If your dog starts vomiting, has difficulty breathing, or develops diarrhea then you should consult your vet as these are more extreme reactions.
Pet vaccinations are vital to the health of your pet. There is no need to fear them. All you have to do is get yourself informed, the more you understand the process the more comfortable you will become.