Vaccinating Your Dog

Dogs can and do become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases that could easily be prevented through vaccinations.

Vaccinations can save your dog’s life – we strongly recommend that vaccinations are kept up to date.

The visits to the surgery during a puppy’s initial course of vaccinations, and annually for a booster, are also a valuable opportunity for the us to carry out a medical examination, and for you to ask for advice about any aspect of your dog’s health or behaviour.

Vaccination Programme for Your Dog

  • Early Vaccination
    Given when a puppy is 6 weeks old. This is normally only done for breeders or where there is high risk of infection.
  • 1st Vaccination
    Given at 8weeks old or as soon as possible afterwards.
  • 2nd Vaccination
    Given at 12 weeks old, or 4 weeks after the 1st vaccination
  • Annual Boosters
    A yearly booster is required to maintain immunity.

What Diseases are Vaccinated Against?

There are four major infectious diseases affecting dogs today: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.

By the time a dog is showing symptoms of these potentially fatal diseases it is often too late to effect a cure, even with intensive medical intervention and expert care they are difficult to treat successfully and death is very common.

Parvovirus

Another viral disease, “Parvo” presents as severe vomiting and diarrhoea and is usually fatal, especially in very young or very old dogs.

Leptospirosis

This is a bacterial disease which attacks the liver and kidneys. Signs are depression, high temperature vomiting, diarrhoea and severe jaundice. This disease is extremely infectious, can be passed onto humans and may prove fatal.

Distemper

Sometimes called “Hardpad”, this viral infection presents as a cough, high temperature with depression, thick nasal discharge and progresses to vomiting, diarrhoea and eventually convulsions and death.

Hepatitis

A virus infection that damages the liver causing depression and vomiting. Death is very common.

 

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly infectious condition caused by a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica. It causes a very nasty and persistent hacking cough.

Kennel cough vaccine is not routinely administered, but is recommend 10 days before a dog goes into boarding kennels or other situations where there are likely to be a lot of dogs in the same place. Many boarding kennels require Kennel Cough vaccination.