One of the many duties of a dog owner is that of vaccinations and among them there is also the heptavalent vaccine. The same is true for cats. Let's see how to behave to understand if and when to be alerted and how to approach this commitment so as not to forget the most important appointments risking to put the health of our dog at risk.
During the year, our four-legged friends need some prophylaxis to stay healthy and prevent very serious diseases for their health. Sometimes these are diseases that are also transmissible to humans, in any case they must be prevented if we want our playmates and walkers to have a good life. In general, to ensure good health and minimize the likelihood of complications, it would be best to take the dog to the vet for the first time at 2 months of age for the first vaccinations and anti-parasite treatments and then continue with regular checks every 6 months or so, less than symptoms or strange behaviors noted. As long as it is a puppy, however, the rhythm of visits is different, it will have to be seen on average 3-4 times in the first year of life, then gradually less passing to two visits every 12 months.
Heptavalent vaccine for dogs and cats: what is it for
Heptavalent is the main vaccination for dogs and cats and with this name we want to include vaccines against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis with different serovariates. The first time the animal is subjected to heptavalent vaccine a recall is necessary after less than a month, then it is continued throughout life to carry it out with a certain regularity. A certain regularity means once a year, no more since all the diseases contained in the heptavalent have 12 months of guaranteed validity
The only disease of the above mentioned that is an exception is Leptospirosis for which it is necessary to do a reminder per semester, for the rest, for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus or haemorrhagic gastrointeritis, parainfluenza, kennel cough we can speak of annual validity for the heptavalent vaccine.
Heptavalent vaccine for dogs and cats: how and where to do it
For all the names not always already known, and the various deadlines, this vaccination protocol may seem difficult but it is not, especially if you rely on your veterinarian for the calls by organizing in advance and leaving nothing to chance. For example, it would be enough to plan two appointments for vaccines, one around May June for the Eptavalent and Filaria, and a second in November, maximum beginning of December, for the recall of the Leptospirosis and Lyme disease. Calendaring, year after year, the mechanism will become almost automatic and we will not run the risk of making a mistake or skipping a recall.
Dog heptavalent vaccine: price
In addition to the commitment that vaccines involve, the time they take us away and the effort, there is also the issue of costs to be faced, without obviously questioning the fact that the health of dogs is priceless. However, there are not a few dog owners who worry about this economic side that can lead someone to skip a call or to seek easier and less costly solutions than heptavalent vaccine and other vaccines considered necessary. But when it comes to costs, what are the figures?
They can change from Region to Region and from veterinarian to veterinarian, however on average they can start from 20 Euros up to about 50. To understand, in general, not only for the heptavalent vaccine, whether it is a necessary recall or not, it is always better to discuss with your veterinarian in a constant and sincere way, Establishing a relationship of trust with the specialist doctor who has in mind the health picture of our four-legged friend is essential to then being able to count on advice and warnings, It is a collaboration that benefits everyone, not just the dog itself.
Dog heptavalent vaccine: side effects
There are no serious consequences in terms of side effects but we see the most common ones so as to be pre-warned and do not panic if our dog ever shows some weird post heptavalent vaccine. It could be seized by a general numbness that makes the animal tired, sad or inclined to sleep, this is because the vaccine has led to intense stress from which the animal needs to move away, recovering energy. Similarly, if the dog is apathetic and avoids contact with the owner, this attitude can in some way also lead to mood changes and attacks of aggression.
Moving on to a more physiological side, among the effects related to heptavalent vaccine there may also be inflammation in the area where it was applied. We are therefore not surprised if we see a limited swelling appear and do not panic because in a few hours everything should return to normal and it is a sort of allergy or a simple reaction to the syringe or alcohol used to disinfect the area. Following the heptavalent vaccine the dog may also experience gastrointestinal upset or stomach pain, diarrhea or vomiting.
Among the side effects we also find respiratory disorders such as cough, sneezing combined with fever which passes with a few hours of rest, nothing dramatic then. It is unlikely but it may happen that following a heptavalent there is an inflammation of the muzzle and throat and that the dog suffers from attacks of vomiting and diarrhea.
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