Meet our adorable Great Pyrenees puppy friends, Champ and Chase, are true working dogs in training. They are livestock guardians, and their family wanted us to “Bring the Clinic to Them” to start them on their vaccines to protect them from any diseases they may encounter. These infectious diseases are not only transmitted from direct contact with other dogs, they can be found in the air, as the result of infected animals’ coughing and sneezing. Even on surfaces where other dogs have been or shared water and food bowls. Some can be brought in on our clothes and shoes. Wildlife, like coyotes and raccoons that may visit our property, can pass along certain diseases that our domestic babies can pick up.
Sounds like there are threats from everywhere just waiting to harm our little ones! The problem is that puppies don't have the immunity to fight off these encountered pathogens. They may have some acquired immunity from their mom, but that is gone by a certain age (which varies by the individual). So, we vaccinate! However, immunity from mom may block our vaccines, rendering them ineffective. This is why we do a vaccine series, because we never fully know where mom's immunity drops off, and our vaccines can start doing their jobs. Nothing is more heartbreaking than watching a puppy or adult dog suffer with a disease that we know could have been prevented from a simple vaccine.
Champ and Chase are learning their jobs as well as gearing up for the possibility of encountering disease causing microorganisms. Big aspirations for these little guys, thanks to their loving family! We were talking today about our fluffy canines, but the same is also true for our friendly felines too. To find out more about a vaccine schedule for your pet, give our office a call!