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Poodle vaccination is an important part of keeping your dog healthy, but not all vaccines are right for all dogs. Much of what your poodle needs depends on where he or she lives and what he or she will be doing, especially when outside.
There are several things you need to know if you are adopting a poodle or you’re already a poodle owner and you aren’t sure how to proceed with vaccinations.
Table of Contents
- Importance of Vaccinations
- What Should You Know about Vaccinating a Poodle Puppy?
- What Vaccines Does Your Poodle Need?
- Safe Vaccine Protocol
- Final Thoughts
Importance of Poodle Vaccination
Poodle vaccination is one of the most important health issues you deal with as a poodle owner. Vaccines protect your dog from serious illnesses, such as distemper ad parvovirus. Prior to having the ability to inoculate our dogs against these diseases many of them died because of their exposure.
In many cases, certain vaccinations are required by law. For instance, poodles and other dogs in the United States are required to be vaccinated against rabies and in most cases, owners must show proof to their local government of the vaccination in order to receive a license for owning their dog.
Other vaccines might not be required by law, but they are necessary if you wish to enroll your poodle in training classes, take them to the groomer, or allow them to participate in playgroups. It might also be necessary to show proof of certain vaccines when flying with your dog.
Some of the most common vaccines required by law or recommended before allowing your poodle to interact with other dogs include kennel cough, leptospirosis, and Lyme disease.
Newborn puppies are not immune to all diseases. They might carry some immunity from their mothers from the placenta and from nursing for certain issues, but not everything that can hurt your dog is part of this mix. If you are concerned about giving your puppy too many vaccinations, you can ask that his or her blood be tested with a titer that will show which vaccinations are necessary and which they already have natural protection for.
It’s also important to remember that even once your puppy is vaccinated there might still be some risk if your pup is exposed to certain diseases. This is why it’s recommended that younger pups avoid socializing too much with strange dogs that are not guaranteed to be immunized. Your veterinarian can help you determine when it is safe for your poodle puppy to enjoy all of the activities an adult vaccinated dog can participate in. In the meantime, keep your puppy on a leash at all times and utilize a crate if your dog needs to be alone with other dogs, even those in our own home.
What Vaccines Does Your Poodle Need?
There are several vaccines you should consider administering on your poodle puppy. Many of these need to be re-upped as your dog grows older.
Important vaccines include:
- Canine Parvovirus or Parvo: Prior to 1977-78, Parvovirus has only been a health issue for dogs since the late 1970s. The virus is similar to feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper) and some believe it actually mutated from the cats.
- Canine Distemper – Canine distemper is a common issue wherever there are dogs. It is the single biggest disease threat to dogs throughout the world.
- Para-influenza Virus: This is a vaccine usually recommended for poodles that spend time with large groups, including adoption groups, boarding kennels, or veterinary clinics.
- Bordetella: Dogs that spend time in high-risk environments, such as dose in dog parks, boarded kennels, or at dog, shows could benefit from this vaccine.
- Rabies: This vaccine is for a serious infectious disease that puts all animals and humans at risk. The vaccine is required by law.
- Kennel Cough Canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), which is linked to Canine Adenovirus-2 (CAdV-2), is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in dogs. Most cases are not serious resolve on their own within a couple of weeks. However, some dogs are at risk for developing life-threatening complications, so you might want to consider vaccinating your dog against the disease.
In addition to those listed above, some veterinarians recommend vaccinating poodles for leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection, and Lyme disease, a potentially serious health problem. Much of whether these vaccines are necessary for your poodle pup depends on where you live and the activities in which your dog will participate. Your vet can provide more information about your dog’s lifestyle and his or her need for these vaccines.
Safe Vaccine Protocol
It’s entirely understandable why poodle parents might be concerned about vaccinating their dogs. There is a great deal of debate in the media about the safety of vaccines for humans and for animals at the moment, and there are cases in which dogs have experienced bad reactions to vaccines.
However, it’s also important to consider the potential ramifications of not vaccinating your pup. Many of the diseases listed above are far more serious than the reaction your dog might experience to the vaccine. The good news is there is a way to find balance. You can provide your poodle with the vaccinations he or she needs without putting their health at risk due to any vaccine reaction.
If you are concerned about your dog reacting poorly to vaccines or about over-vaccinating, speak to your vet about your options. Many vets recommend titer testing dogs to see if the antibodies are already present in the dog’s blood. If this is the case he or she might not need vaccines. In some cases, vets recommend the initial round of important puppy vaccines and then promote titering for older dogs.
You might also consider an altered vaccine schedule. Some veterinarians have found that lengthening the puppy vaccine schedule so youngsters aren’t receiving rounds of vaccines too closely together helps to cut down on reactions.
Also, keep in mind that not all reactions are serious – though you should contact your vet if you notice a reaction. Some mild reactions might include soreness, sleepiness, or a bit of quivering that passes within a few hours to a day.
Poodle vaccination is one of the best things you can do to protect his or her health. It’s important to speak to your vet about any concerns and to ensure your dog is vaccinated against all serious diseases.
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