Getting a puppy is exciting and fun, but there is a lot of responsibility in caring for a pet. Out of everything you do, medical care is the easiest way to be certain your dog is able to live a long and healthy life. Starting them out correctly is easiest when you make preventative care a priority. The first step in this is making sure they get all of their immunizations.
If your puppy has come from a professional breeder they will have already received their first injection. A Puppies First Shots in Oahu will typically happen around six weeks of age. It will usually be a combination vaccine that will protect them against distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. An additional injection is needed around nine weeks of age, so if they are living with you at this point you will need to be certain it is provided to them.
Booster shots for these disease will be required every few weeks up until they are around four months old. Your vet will be able to provide you with reminders for these appointments. After the first year all pets should be vaccinated again at least every other year. During these visits there will be other injections your veterinarian may recommend. This includes coronavirus, leptospirosis and bordatella. Lyme disease injections are becoming common in some states as the disease has become more prevalent and parainfluenza is frequently requested by some pet owners.
Rabies vaccinations are not required in Hawaii as they are in the rest of the United States because the islands are known to be rabies-free. If you are planning on traveling outside of the state with your dog, they are suggested and may be needed to avoid quarantine once you return.
If you are planning on getting a pet, it is important to make certain you are committed to providing them with a lifetime of good health and happiness. Contact The Honolulu Pet Clinic to learn more about how easy it can be.
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