There are a number of viruses which can cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases in your dog. These include the Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Coronavirus. There is also a bacterium called Leptospirosis which is spread by rats, mice and through contact with affected water. We can protect against these diseases by vaccinating. Starting at 8 weeks of age and giving a second vaccination 2 to 4 weeks later.
We aim to complete the vaccination course at 10 weeks of age so that your puppy can go out as soon as possible to start socialising with other dogs. The advice from the vaccination manufacturers is that your dog is not fully vaccinated for two weeks after the second vaccination. Talk to us about measures you can take to help with your puppies’ socialisation before they are fully vaccinated.
An annual booster is recommended, but not all of the diseases are included every year. This keeps vaccination to a minimum to maintain protection. If you are concerned about vaccination, blood tests can assess levels of immunity and help to decide on when to vaccinate.
Your dog’s vaccination visit includes a health examination which gives our vets an opportunity to examine your dog for any health issues. Don’t worry if your dog hasn’t been vaccinated yet, older dogs can start vaccinations too.
‘Kennel cough’ or Infectious Bronchitis Vaccination is also available. Your dog will need this if they are going into training classes or kennels, and some people choose to protect them routinely to reduce the risk of kennel cough whilst socialising with other dogs. This disease is not a fatal disease so we discuss the requirement for this before giving the vaccination.