Why Vaccinating Your Pug is Important
Pug vaccines are designed to protect them from infectious diseases that may endanger their health and lives. While the mother may have complete vaccinations and was able to transmit such immunity to her puppies via milk after whelping (colostrum) within a 48-hour birthing timeframe, such protection will eventually lose its potency over time. As the puppy grows, its immunity also weakens and must need to be stimulated. This is why vaccinations are usually required by a vet around 5 weeks after birth. A pug puppy’s immune system will then, be stimulated to produce antibodies which can help fend-off infectious agents and deadly pathogens. These so-called core vaccines are not only essential for pug health and longevity but also for public safety. Some states and countries across the globe actually have policies, for instance, requiring the rabies vaccine to protect the general public from becoming infected with this deadly viral disease. According to the WHO, dogs in general are the main source of human deaths from rabies with up to 99 percent of transmissions coming from dogs.
Types of Vaccines and Proper Schedule
While the administration of core vaccines leave little room for debate, it is important to note that different vets also follow different protocols in dog vaccinations for your pug. For the first few weeks to months, core vaccines against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis and rabies will be given to a puppy. Non-core vaccines protecting against measles, leptospirosis, corona virus, bordetella, adenovirus-2, lyme disease, and para-influenza are usually given in multivalent shots in either 4-in-1 or 5-in-1 combinations such as the following:
- DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus)
- DA2PPC (Distemper/2strains Adenovirus/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza)
- DHLPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Leptospirosis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus)
Rabies, however, is administered separately from any other vaccines, multivalent or polyvalent alike. Your veterinarian will also select combo-vaccines depending on your pug’s risk factors including environmental risks in your area. When it comes to scheduling dog vaccinations for your pug, however, the following is usually followed by many vets across the globe:
- Parvovirus at 5wks old
- DHPP at 6wks old
- DA2PPC (with Corona virus) at 9wks old
- Rabies at 12wks old and above
- DHLPP (with lyme disease) at 12 to 16 weeks
- Booster shots at 1 year
For pug puppies and adult pugs who frequent boarding kennels or care centers as well as dog shows or hobnobbing with friends’ other dogs, bordetella shots may also be given as protection from Kennel cough. The best way to get desired vaccination schedule for your pug is to bring it directly to the vet’s clinic as soon as ownership is handed to you from a breeder. This is even more important when you have other puppies at home as rabies can be easily transferred from one puppy to another.
Vaccination for your pug is not as costly as you might think. On average, vaccinations range from $30 to $160 in the first year and less in the subsequent years. Vaccination cost is widely dependent on the type of vaccines administered and the brand name, too. Doing it in a reputable vet’s office is also costlier than having it at a government-run or pet organization center. Another important matter to expect when vaccinating your pet is the initial reaction to the vaccines. Expect pugs to be agitated with a small possibility of allergic reaction. It is also important that recently vaccinated pugs be isolated from other dogs and pets in your home for a week or so. Some people also make good use of titer testing to check if an adult pug needs additional vaccinations. For everything else, always talk to your veterinarian to obtain first-hand relevant info about vaccinations and what to expect thereafter.