How to Create a Jack Russell Vaccination Schedule
The thinking regarding formulating a Jack Russell vaccination schedule is changing as veterinarians are recognizing possible dog vaccination side effects. While canine vaccination is still an important part of any preventive care program, it is equally important to only vaccinate your dog against those diseases that present a risk. For example, if you live outside of a region that has Lyme Disease, it doesn't make sense to vaccinate your dog for the disease.
Also, there are no exact guidelines, so differences will exist between vets.
Most dogs receive what are referred to as core or required dog vaccinations. These include the following:
These vaccines are available in products that mix the various vaccines together. When discussing your Jack Russell vaccination schedule they are commonly referred to as a "5 Way" vaccine, which is given at age 5 to 9 weeks and a 7 Way vaccine which is given at age 12 to 16 weeks.
Additional vaccines are added to a prototypical Jack Russell vacciination schedule based on the dog's living conditions (in a kennel, with other dogs), immune system status and region. Dogs that live in areas exposed to diseases such as Lyme Disease are given this vaccine while it is un-necessary to add to the Jack Russell vaccination schedule of others.
There are a total of 14 different vaccines available, some more common than others.
There are possible dog vaccination side effects, so ask your vet about each disease. For example, a Jack Russell that is frequently outdoors and that lives in a high risk Lyme disease area, should be vaccinated for this disease. You can also minimize the number of vaccinations via a blood test (called serology testing) that can determine if your dog is still immune to a particular disease, delaying a booster.
To get educated, we suggest reading these American Animal Hospital Association dog vaccination guidelines which have been revised in February 2007 to reflect the new information that annual adult boosters are not needed for distemper and parvovirus. These are only needed every 3 years.
Print out this typical Jack Russell Vaccination Schedule and post it on your fridge for future use. Again, this may vary based on your region, health of your Jack Russell, lifestyle (indoor, outdoor), exposure to other dogs and area where you live.
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Kennel Cough Vaccine for DogsThe kennel cough vaccine for dogs (also called Bordetella) is optional and is usually given to dogs that are at high risk, such as those that live in Kennels or if your dog frequently comes in contact with other dogs, such as in a training class.. The reason is that the kennel cough vaccine is not 100% effective and could cause the disease. Puppies can be particularly at risk as they move from immunity inherited from the mom to their own immune system. If their immune system is comprimised, such as during illness, they could be susceptible. As with the other vaccines, discus the risks and possible dog vaccination side effects with your veterinarian.
Where to Buy Dog VaccinesWhile we don't recommend it, you can vaccinate your dog yourself. Since your doing the work it is an approach for low cost dog vaccinations. To purchase a low cost dog vaccination, you can buy dog vaccines on-line retailers such as Amazon and 1800PetSupplies.
Dog Vaccination Instruction Video
Dog Vaccination Side Effects
Dog vaccination side effects include an allergic skin reaction (Angioedema in this case) as seen in this Dachshund.
Source: Washington State University/Pfizer Animal Health
Canine vaccinations can cause side effects that vary between dogs. For example, a dog can have a reaction to a particular vaccination, which is why its a good idea to ask your vet to conduct a test before vaccination for sensitivity.
Other possible dog vaccination side effects includes shock (anaphylaxis) which is rare, lethargy, hair loss, vomitting, thick and scaly skin, skin lump at the site of injection, and diarrhea. Any dog vaccine side effects should clear on their own, but can take several weeks to completely go away.
One approach to reducing the severity of dog vaccine side effects includes the use of natural remedies. The following products are formulated to specifically address certain vaccines:
Determining a Jack Russell vaccination schedule is best done in consultation with your veterinarian. He or she can provide insight into the best practices for your area and that match the needs of your Jack's active lifestyle.
Dog Vaccination Schedule, Dog Health Handbook