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Our Canine Vaccination Protocol is Changing

We are changing our vaccine protocol for dogs and wanted to let you know a little bit more about why we are doing this.

Our previous vaccination protocol has served our pets very well and offered excellent protection against important contagious diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis and leptospirosis.  However, in recent years new strains of leptospirosis have begun to emerge which are raising concern and have caused isolated outbreaks of disease in dogs which have been vaccinated with the older traditional vaccines.  Additionally, the importance of allowing puppies out to socialise from an early age is well recognised. See Why is early socialisation important? in our FAQs

Leptospirosis is a widespread bacterial disease affecting many animal species, including dogs and occasionally humans.  Carried by rats and other rodents, it survives in damp environments including still or slow moving water.  Any dog that exercises outdoors is at risk of this potentially fatal disease, which is why we give leptospirosis vaccine annually as part of our dog vaccination programme.

Vaccines targeting what were the two most common forms of this bacteria have been available for decades but in recent years new strains which are common in continental Europe have begun to emerge in the UK, causing serious disease in some cases where leptospirosis is a risk.  Experts are now recommending the use of vaccines which target four strains of the disease rather than the traditional two.

Here at the Goddard Veterinary Group we strongly believe in offering the best available protection for your dog and we are delighted to tell you that our new vaccine protocol will give protection against the four strains of leptospirosis (L4 vaccine) while allowing puppies to begin to socialise from 11 weeks of age.  For dogs who have not previously been vaccinated for the fours strains an additional L4 booster will be required four weeks after the first but this will be given at no additional cost to you.  Please see Vaccination - FAQs for further information

We will be happy to discuss this further with you when you visit at the time of the next booster vaccination or if you would like further information on Leptospirosis and the rest of our vaccine range please see our Pet Factsheet on Infectious Diseases .

Please also remember that you can save money and spread the cost of your pet’s preventative healthcare over the year through our ProActive Pets plan