At what age do dogs stop getting vaccines?
A research specifies that dogs that are more than ten to twelve years of age should be stopped getting vaccine because by that age they should have been vaccinated for several disease many times in their lives. But if the law of your state mandates rabies vaccination to all dogs, then you should also vaccine your old four legged friend but that should not be more than once in three years.
So, the senior dogs should be vaccinated?
Generally, if effectively vaccinated as puppies, your older dogs have little risk of developing infectious disease. But this does not mean that there is no risk in their golden years. In a very few cases, it is seen that dogs do not develop an immune response against specific disease even after vaccination. And also with the age, an older dog’s immune system is not so much strong.
Vaccinating older dogs can protect them from disease. Before going ahead, one should keep in mind that even vaccinations are not without risk though very rare. As a concerned master, if you are planning to get your senior dog vaccinated, talk with your veterinarian about titer test.
What does a titer test show?
A titer is a blood test that detects the antibodies to disease. It is used to prove immunity. If the test is positive and there is sufficient level of antibodies, your loving pet is immune to disease otherwise it should be revaccinated.
Do indoor dogs need vaccinations?
Absolutely! As soon as you bring home your sweet-smelling, soft little pup. The pup depends on you for everything and needs proper care that also includes veterinary care. It is a big myth that indoor dogs need not to be vaccinated against any disease.
Why do indoor dogs need vaccination?
Indoor lifestyle certainly contributes to longer life expectancy but sometime infectious deadly diseases may find indoor pets. Transmission does not always require direct contact with another dog. Your adorable indoor pet can be exposed to infection as the virus can enter into the home with shoes or even clothes. With the increasing population of rodents in urban areas, exposure to infectious disease in indoor pets is also increasing. Disease like hepatitis, provirus, leukemia, rabies, etc. may prove fatal.
Moreover, like in human babies, in puppies also immunity is god gifted while they are still in the womb and then they get antibodies through mother’s milk while nursing. However, when the pup is weaned-off of mother’s milk, their immunity decreases very quickly. That is why it is essential to administer them with vaccination.
How does vaccination work?
Vaccine exposes your four legged dear friend’s immune system to a particular infection. This makes its WBC to produce antibodies against disease. So, if it ever stuck by that same infection, its body automatically starts producing the same antibodies to fight against the disease.
Rather than treating life threatening ailment it is always advisable to take preventive measures for your adorable companion’s well-being. But if you are planning to not get your indoor mate vaccinated, it is crucial that you first educate yourself of what does it may mean for your loyal pet’s health and well-being.
To sum up in few words, vaccinating your indoor dogs is the most important thing to provide them with good health and long life. You have to vaccinate them from time to time. The first few times as cute little puppy then a booster at one year and thereafter boosters after every three years. By the time, your dear four legged family member is eight, ten or twelve years, they have already received adequate protection. So, if not advised by its veterinarian, vaccine is not required at pet’s older age. So, enjoy life with your healthy and lovely pet!
Disclaimer: You must contact your local county or town to follow rules and regulation.