Canine Vaccinations Overview
We routinely vaccinate our canine friends against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and various strains of Leptospirosis.
None of these diseases has yet been eradicated although, thankfully, as a result of vaccination their incidence has been greatly reduced. Vaccination is the only reliable method of protecting against these diseases. There is no specific cure for these viral diseases and treatment may be expensive and not always successful.
THE FIRST VACCINATIONS
We typically give puppies three injections at 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, giving your pet immunity for the first year of life. This schedule may vary somewhat depending on what age we first see your puppy and what vaccinations may have been received while with the original breeder. We also strongly recommend Kennel Cough vaccination for puppies who will be socialising with other dogs. This is typically given at the 12 week visit.
THE ANNUAL BOOSTER AND HEALTHCHECK
Immunity to infectious diseases is not indefinite, and will gradually fall over time leaving your pet at risk. Regular annual booster vaccinations are needed to stimulate your pet's immunity, thereby minimising the risk when challenged by a natural infection. At the same time, we like to carry out a thorough health examination, and also look at other aspects of your pet's health care such as worming, dental care, flea control and diets. This is also an ideal time to ask any questions you may have regarding your pet's health.
A full booster at one year of age is vital for continued protection. Annual vaccination is required against leptospirosis with a booster for the viral diseases generally being given every third year thereafter.
If you would like any further information on vaccinations or the annual health check, please do not hesitate to call your branch surgery or our have a look under Infectious Diseases on our Dog Factsheet page for further detailed information