A resident of the Florida Keys, Edwin Hammond Meredith has adopted an active lifestyle suited for the tropical climate. Edwin Hammond Meredith works weekdays as a professional chef, then spends his free time in various outdoor activities. Hammond Meredith also appreciates the company of animals, especially dogs.
Dog owners are responsible for the well-being of their pets, which includes training and vaccinations. Puppies should receive a series of vaccinations in the first few months of their lives.
Kennel cough, an upper airway inflammation, causes bouts of dry coughing and loss of appetite. Common in kennels, kennel cough can be prevented by giving a two-week-old puppy a vaccine.
Another puppy vaccination is for canine distemper, a contagious virus with no known cure. Canine distemper causes multisystem failure, leading to premature death. Vaccines for canine distemper are first administered when the puppy is 10 to 12 weeks old.
Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all dogs. Transmittable to humans, rabies attacks the central nervous system, causing paralysis and even death. Puppies should receive rabies vaccinations at 12 to 24 weeks and booster shots every one to three years.