Animals, just like people, are at risk from many infectious diseases.
In many cases there is no treatment for these and young puppies or kittens that catch them often die, the consequences of infection in older animals can also be serious. Protection against these potentially fatal diseases can be provided by vaccination. To keep your pet fit and healthy make sure they complete an initial course of vaccinations and then receive regular booster vaccinations.
In most cases a course of injections is given between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks (although some brands of vaccine allow vaccination of younger puppies which is important to allow early socialisation). ‘Booster’ vaccinations are given at 15 months and then at intervals throughout the dog’s life.
We would recommend that you have your new puppy at home for a few days to settle in before starting a vaccination course.
The first vaccination is given at 8-9 weeks of age. This includes vaccination to prevent disease from – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus (P), Parainfluenza (Pi) and leptospirosis (L). The second vaccination is given at 10-12 weeks of age.
Please note that a puppy is not considered to have developed a protective immunity until about 2 weeks after the second vaccination, so keep puppies away from sources of infection until this time.
A booster vaccination is given when the puppy is approximately 15 months old and then annually. We currently use extended vaccination intervals for those diseases that vaccination has been shown to give a longer immunity.
Kennel cough vaccine is administered as drops applied into the dogs nostrils. This disease can be picked up anywhere that dogs congregate for example kennels, bridle paths and parks. This can be given at the same time as other vaccinations.