What Vaccinations Will Your Puppy Need After Adoption?
When you get a Labrador Retriever or any other type of pet, you are bringing a new family member into your home. Since a dog cannot take care of itself entirely, you are also signing up to be your pet’s primary caregiver for life. To make sure that your Labrador Retriever has a long, healthy, and safe life, you will need to give them all of the vaccinations and medical treatments required. An older dog may already have some of these vaccinations, but if you are bringing a puppy home, the puppy may need all vaccinations. It can be hard to know what vaccinations a rescue animal has had, so you might need to talk to your veterinarian if you are unsure of what vaccinations your Labrador Retriever has had. In addition to vaccinations against certain illnesses, there are other medical treatments, such as deworming, that will need to be done on a regular basis. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping your Labrador Retriever’s medical treatments up to date once you bring it home.
What Are The Necessary Vaccinations?
Vaccinations might be scary for your Lab, but they will keep your beloved pet from catching potentially fatal illnesses. Even if your Labrador Retriever does not socialize with other dogs, it could catch some of these viruses from other sources, such as wild animals or even waste materials, so they are still quite important. Typically, any puppy will need to get two rounds of vaccinations before being adopted. Once you bring the young puppy home, it will need two more rounds of the same vaccination set. Once your lab is older, it will still need annual vaccinations to boost their immunity. Here are the vaccinations that your Lab will need after you get it.
What about De-worming Your Pet?
- At 12 weeks – Your Labrador Retriever should have already gotten two doses of these vaccines at six and eight weeks old, but it will need another round of the Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus vaccinations. You should also get your Lab a Bronchi-Shield vaccination to prevent it from developing Kennel Cough.
- At 16 weeks – At this age, your Lab will need the final round of Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus vaccinations. Your lab will also be old enough for its first Rabies vaccine, which prevents your pet from catching this highly contagious and fatal virus from a rabid animal.
- Annually – For the rest of your Labrador Retriever’s life, it is wise to get a booster shot annually to keep them from losing their immunity to Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Kennel Cough, Parvovirus, and Rabies.
Labrador Retrievers frequently pick up intestinal parasites from digging, eating, and licking everything they encounter. Since it is so easy for these curious dogs to come into contact with worms, regular deworming medications will keep your Labrador Retriever from having to deal with a parasite that is stealing their nutrition and causing other health problems. Typically, Labrador Retrievers are given an All Wormer medication that gets rid of just about any possible worm that your pet could have picked up somewhere. By the time you bring your puppy home, it will most likely have been dewormed on multiple occasions already. However, the deworming work will not be over by then, and it should continue to be a regular occurrence. Some Labrador Retrievers hate All Wormer, so you may have to hide it in their food. You can use this schedule for the rest of its life to ensure that your pet stays worm free.
Do I Need To Do Any Flea Removal Treatment?
- 10 Weeks
- 12 weeks
- 4 Months
- 5 Months
- 6 Months
- Every three months for the rest of your dog’s life
Depending on where your Labrador Retriever’s previous home was, it may require flea medication as soon as you bring it home. The bite of a flea is usually not medically dangerous, but they result in itchy welts that can damage your dog’s coat or annoy the rest of your family. Not only are fleas itchy, but their bite can spread certain illnesses between animals. You can get rid of any fleas on your dog with either an oral medication or a topical ointment for the dog’s coat. Since a dog can pick up fleas at any time, it is typically recommended that all pets in the house be treated for fleas at least once a year in the summer. If you live in an area particularly prone to fleas, you may need to give your Lab a flea treatment every month.
Don’t forget Heartworm Prevention
Heartworms are another possible parasite that can harm your beloved pet. These long thin worms are spread through the bites of mosquitoes. Once the dog is infected with heartworms, they will grow from their immature state to a worm that can be up to 30 centimeters long. Heartworms can block blood flow and take up valuable blood reserves, making it tough for your Labrador Retriever to live an active and happy life. It is easier to treat your dog as soon as possible, so you should give your Labrador Retriever an injection or oral medication once you get it. Any time your dog is in contact with mosquitoes, it can be infected again, so regular heartworm treatment is very beneficial. You should follow this schedule to keep your dog free of heart works.
- 12 Weeks
- 9 Months
- Once a year for the rest of your dog’s life
Though all of these treatments may take a bit of time and money, it is better to prevent problems before they start hurting your Lab. A pet is just as important as any other family member, so their health should always be a priority. Regular treatments are worth it because they prevent health issues so your pup can remain happy and healthy.
To make sure you got a head start and you a have a healthy dog, it is important they also have the right vaccinations before arriving in your home, Have a look at my post on What Vaccinations and Treatments Does Your Labrador need Prior to Arrival in Your Home?