Bringing a new puppy home is an incredibly special experience, but also a big responsibility. With so many things on your mind (does he need food? Does he need to go outside? Does he have enough toys?) it can be easy to overlook puppy vaccinations. But the reality is, these should be one of the very first things we book in. Why are puppy vaccinations so important? When should they happen? And what illnesses should they be vaccinated against?
Why are puppy vaccinations so important?
Just like most babies, a puppy is born with a certain level of maternal antibodies that help to protect it from common germs in its environment. But as the puppy starts to grow, these antibodies begin to fade, and the puppy will need to develop its own antibodies if it wants to stay fit and healthy. Puppy vaccinations are the boost the immune system needs to build protection against a range of highly infectious diseases that dogs are susceptible to.