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Boston Terrier Vaccinations Guide

Owning a dog, especially a puppy, is a huge responsibility. Just like babies, puppies need a lot of care and attention. Their bodies are not fully developed yet, and they are prone to many health problems if we do not provide them with an excellent lifestyle.

Many first-time owners know nothing about vaccinating a dog. In this guide, we will talk about the vaccination of a Boston Terrier.

Boston Terrier Vaccinations Guide

Vaccination of Boston Terriers

The goal of a vaccine is to introduce a weakened form of the virus to be treated into the puppy’s body. In this way, the immune system will be able to produce antibodies that will be responsible for protecting the body against that specific virus.

Boston Terrier puppies need several types of vaccines to combat diseases such as Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Coronavirus, etc. 

It is important to note that if the mother of a Boston Terrier puppy has been vaccinated, then the puppy will absorb some antibodies from the mother’s milk. After weaning, the puppy will begin to eat independently and should be vaccinated.

What Vaccinations Does a Boston Terrier Need?

A Boston Terrier needs vaccinations, especially against the following diseases:

Parvovirus

This virus is characterized by attacking the canine’s gastrointestinal system during the first four months of age. This infectious disease cannot be cured, so treatment is necessary.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

Generally, the vaccine for this disease should be given to Boston Terrier puppies between 6 and 7 weeks of age every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old.

Parainfluenza

This virus directly affects the immune system, causing severe pneumonia and loss of cilia in some situations. The symptoms of this disease will depend on the severity of the situation.

Generally, Boston Terriers will sneeze and have a dry cough, but in more severe cases, they may present symptoms such as eye and nasal discharge, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and pneumonia, as we have already said.

The vaccine against this virus should be administered to a Boston Terrier puppy at 10 to 12 weeks of age.

Distemper

This is one of the most dangerous diseases that can affect a Boston Terrier since there is no cure, and it can be fatal in many cases. This virus attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system of the canine, causing symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Secretions from the eyes
  • Paralysis

The best time to administer this vaccine is when the Boston Terrier is 6 to 8 weeks old.

Hepatitis

It is an infection that affects the canine’s liver, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and spleen. This disease is highly contagious and can cause symptoms such as pain around the liver, obstruction of the mucous membrane, fever, vomiting, and an enlarged stomach.

Generally, the Hepatitis vaccine is given to puppies 10 to 12 weeks of age. Please note that your Boston Terrier should receive 3 doses administered 4-6 weeks apart.

Leptospirosis

This disease can be transmitted to other dogs as well as to humans. Leptospirosis affects the kidneys and the liver. The most common symptoms of this virus include fever, lethargy, cough, kidney failure, loss of appetite, vomiting, and shortness of breath.

Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria and can be cured with antibiotics. Normally, Boston Terriers should receive this vaccine only when they are exposed to the virus. The injection should be given once a year for best results.

Coronavirus

This virus is characterized by affecting the canine’s gastrointestinal system, and on some occasions, it can also affect the respiratory system.

The most common symptoms of this disease are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

The vaccine against this virus should be administered when the Boston Terrier is between 6 and 7 weeks of age.

Rabies

It is a disease that usually affects the canine’s central nervous system and could be fatal if not treated in time. The most frequent symptoms are apathy, anxiety, drooling, fever, paralysis, aggressiveness, vomiting, hallucinations, etc.

The rabies vaccine should be administered at three months of age of the Boston Terrier. Subsequently, it is necessary to apply it once every year.

Vaccination Schedule of a Boston Terrier Puppy

Before knowing a little about the time when you should vaccinate your canine, it is vital that you know that many veterinarians use a combined vaccine. This vaccine is called DHLPPCv, which is designed to combat the following diseases:

  • D: Distemper
  • H: Hepatitis
  • L: Leptospirosis
  • Q: Parainfluenza
  • P: Parvovirus
  • CV: Coronavirus

This table will help you know the ideal time to vaccinate your Boston Terrier puppy:

WeeksVaccines
6-7First dose of the combined DHLPPCv vaccine
9Second dose of DHLPPCv
12Third dose of the DHLPPCv. You might also consider giving your canine the Lyme vaccine.
12-16Rabies
16Last dose of the combined vaccine

Note: Not all vaccination schedules are the same. Some vets may have their preferences, so it is normal for this table to differ slightly from others.

Could Vaccination Cause Side Effects in My Boston Terrier?

Yes! Vaccines could bring with them a series of side effects that include the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Decreased activity level
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-fever
  • Mild swelling
  • Redness in the vaccinated area
  • Nasal discharge
  • Sneezing

If an intranasal vaccine was used, then symptoms should not last more than 2-4 days but otherwise should not exceed 24 hours. If you notice that the symptoms continue, do not hesitate to immediately take your Boston Terrier to the vet.

Other side effects are usually more serious and rare, such as breathing difficulty, diarrhoea, fainting, puffy face, severe cough, swollen eyes, and vomiting. Although not as common, these side effects can appear a few minutes after vaccination. For this reason, it is advisable to stay in the clinic for about an hour to avoid any incident.

Cost of Vaccines

With the exception of the rabies vaccine, which usually costs between $15 and $20, the average value of the vaccines tends to be between $75 and $100.