By six months of age, your Barrett Weimaraner puppy should have completed their series of basic shots. If you recall, all other shots should have been deferred to a later time to not negatively impact your puppy’s system.
Rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. The virus is usually passed to humans via the bite of a rabid animal. Occasionally rabies can be transmitted if the saliva of an infected animal gets into a fresh scratch, break in the skin, or contact with mucous membranes (eyes, mouth, nose). In California, most cases of rabies occur in skunks and bats. Domestic animals account for three percent of animal rabies, and the rest occurs in a variety of wild animals, including foxes. Per California State Law (17 CCR 2606.4), the owner of every dog over the age of four months shall ensure that his or her pet is currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and secure a license for the pet as provided by local city or county ordinance.
Bortadella. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterium that is commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs. If your dog is a regular at day care, grooming facilities, or the dog park, the vaccine against Bordetella is important to protect your pet from the hacking cough and snotty nose brought on by the easily contracted bacteria. If your dog keeps to itself, I wouldn’t bother with the vaccine.