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Hopeful Henry: Vaccination information

Dear Hopeful Henry

I was wondering exactly when my puppy should get his first shots?

Thank you


Dear Mary,

With all the parvovirus news lately, this is a perfect question.

Per the ASPCA, If his mother has a healthy immune system a puppy will most likely receive antibodies in mother’s milk while nursing. Puppies should receive a series of vaccinations starting at 6- to 8 weeks old. A veterinarian should administer a minimum of three vaccinations at three- to four-week intervals. The final dose should be administered at 16 weeks of age.

Those series of vaccinations are a combination vaccine product that protects against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis. Your puppy must also be vaccinated against rabies. There are a variety of other vaccines that may or may not be appropriate for your pet.

After your puppy’s first series of shots are completed, the puppy will need to get boosters at one year. After that your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your dog. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your dog’s age, medical history, environment and lifestyle. Some adult dogs might receive certain vaccines annually, while other vaccines might be given every three years or longer.

Thank you for the question and for getting your pup vaccinated!


Fun fact, Jan. 21 is National Squirrel Appreciation Day and a good time to celebrate our furry friends. The holiday was founded in 2001 by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, N.C.

While I normally don’t condone feeding the wildlife, one day a year wont hurt. Celebrated in mid-winter when food sources are scarce, you can show your appreciation by giving your local squirrel buddies some treats of nuts, seeds, or fruit.

Here are some fun squirrel facts: The earliest known squirrels date from the Eocene epoch (56 to 33.9 million years ago), Squirrels are native to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa, There are 285 species of squirrels, Their diets generally consist of nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruit, fungi, green vegetation and sometimes small insects, They live in all habitats except for the extreme arctic cold and very dry deserts, Ground squirrels can warn each other of predatory danger by a whistling sound. Flying squirrels don’t actually fly but glide across the sky, extending their arms and legs and creating flaps with their skin that resemble wings, Squirrels’ front teeth continue to grow since they are constantly using them to gnaw. They live in trees or burrow in the ground. They can jump from as high as 20 feet. Baby squirrels are called “kittens.” Squirrel is derived from the Ancient Greek word Skiouros, which appropriately means “shadow tail.” The Indian giant squirrel can reach about 3-feet-long. Sly Squirrels will pretend to bury food to deceive onlookers.

Don’t forget it’s time to pick up your “Tahoe Pets” calendar and playing cards. The calendars cost $15. Come on down to the office and get one. It is a great way to support the Lake Tahoe Humane Society. Enter for next year’s calendar in person or at http://www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org just click on Calendar link.

Submit questions or letters via email to HopefulHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA has a Facebook page. Stop by and check it out at http://www.Facebook.com/Lake TahoeHumaneSociety SPCA. Also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry.

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