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Chihuahua Vaccines

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dog visiting vetThere have been debates if some dog breeds need to be given vaccination or not. For example, some say there are so many vaccinations that are not necessary. Some say it is compulsory. The chihuahua owner can choose whichever he or she finds solace in. Chihuahua Vaccines are very important.

Vaccination helps to improve the dog’s immunity to disease. There are regular vaccinations that the chihuahua needs to take. One good example is the rabies vaccine. a lot of dog breeds are healthy dogs but there are still susceptible to some diseases. Taking them for vaccination is a sensible decision that chihuahua owners should take. The problem you will face when your chihuahua contracts a disease is far more than the risk of vaccination. You have to know there are side effects when you give your chihuahua vaccines.

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Schedule for vaccination

The first dose of vaccination is administered in the sixth week. The second dose should come between the ninth and tenth weeks. Then followed by the third dose, between the twelfth and fourteenth week. Another method is to start in the sixth week, after that, every three weeks interval. While some start at the sixth week as usual and after that, every four weeks interval. You can give vaccination to your chihuahua yourself except the vaccine for rabies. It must be administered by the veterinarian only.

How to give your chihuahua a vaccine yourself?

Giving vaccines to your chihuahua is not rocket science, you can do it. But there are some risks that the owner can face. There are times that chihuahuas go into shock when they are given vaccines. This can happen to anyone even professionals. What is important is to know how to manage the situation. Administer the vaccine under the skin. And in the case of occurrence of Anaphylactic shock, epinephrine should be administered. But in all, it is better to seek the service of a veterinarian in case of an emergency you cannot handle.

Types of vaccine

Vaccines are of two types; Core vaccines and Non-core vaccines. The core vaccines are the ones administered to your chihuahua routinely while the non-core vaccines are administered when there is the likelihood that the chihuahua has been exposed to a disease.

Your chihuahua, if exposed to stagnant water, lakes, or streams it can be susceptible to Giardia. Most often, your dog’s immune should suppress the disease but if the immune system fails to, the result can be disturbing. What you should look for is how your chihuahua’s feces. It usually has a foul smell with diarrhea. All other things will be alright with the dog but your chihuahua may slump and die suddenly. You should visit a veterinarian with the dog if you notice this.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease does not affect wild and hunting dogs only. Domesticated dogs too can also have the disease. Always administer tick repellant if your chihuahua mixes with other dogs or you take it out for a walk.

Canine distemper

If there is an epidemic of canine distemper in your neighborhood. The vaccine used to vaccinate humans against measles can be administered by your veterinarian to your chihuahua for protection. There are some antigens in the human measles virus that act against canine distemper.

Vaccine for rabies

You will need to vaccinate your chihuahua against rabies. The law requires you to vaccinate your dogs against rabies. If your chihuahua bites someone and the authority discovered that it is not vaccinated against rabies, it may get you into trouble. At three to four months, your dog will take the first vaccine against rabies. And after a year, the second dose of the vaccine should be taken.

Side effects associated with chihuahua vaccine

There are two types of side effects to watch out for;

The mild ones are fever, pain, and sleepiness.

The severe ones include vomiting, swelling, and shock. The swelling of the face is common or swelling of the mouth. Vomiting is usually within the first 10 hours after vaccination

After every vaccination, you have to keep an eye on your chihuahua for some hours. Because This is to ensure there is prompt attention in case the side effects turn into an emergency.

It is important to know that vaccinating your chihuahua will cost you some bucks. So prepare yourself to spend some money at the veterinarian’s office. Taking good care of your dog is imperative. Your little chi needs vaccines just like humans. Chihuahuas are susceptible to transmittable disease especially if they mix with other dogs.



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