Vaccination is important throughout your pet’s life to maintain adequate immunity against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. At every vaccination consultation, we offer a full clinical examination and health check and will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your pet’s health.
There are a number of serious infectious diseases that can affect your puppy’s health. Treatment is possible, but can be expensive and is not always successful. It is much better to prevent these diseases by vaccination.
Very young puppies will have some protection provided by their mother’s milk. Unfortunately, this protection will start to decline from 6-8 weeks of age and your puppy will become susceptible to infection. We therefore recommend that we give your puppy its first health check and vaccination at 8 weeks old. This is a good time to examine your new pup and ensure that it is healthy. We can also answer any questions you may have about feeding, worming and so on.
The second puppy vaccination is given at 12 weeks of age. By this time your puppy should have settled in with you and be gaining confidence. Many people choose to have an identichip placed at the same time as the second vaccination.
In most cases it takes about one week for full immunity to develop following the second injection.
As many of these diseases can be picked up from unvaccinated dogs it is therefore important that you do not allow your puppy to mix with unvaccinated dogs or walk where unvaccinated dogs have been until it is fully protected – one week following the second injection.
Booster injections are needed every year to maintain adequate protection from these diseases throughout your dog’s life. Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough require annual vaccination whereas Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Infectious Hepatitis vaccinations are less frequent.
Each time we vaccinate your dog, we always give a complete health check aimed at helping your dog stay healthy at all stages of its life.
Canine Distemper Virus
Canine Distemper Virus is a highly contagious disease that is spread by respiratory secretions. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea and in the later stages fits and seizures.
Canine Parvo Virus
Canine Parvo Virus is a contagious disease that is spread by infected faeces. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, and foul, often blood-tinged diarrhoea. Unfortunately puppies infected with this disease will often die.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a disease that is transmitted through infected saliva, urine or faeces. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, coughing, vomiting and diarrhoea progressing to liver failure, eye and respiratory disease.
Leptospirosis is a disease that is transmitted via infected urine and urine infected water. Symptoms include fever, listlessness, vomiting, kidney problems and jaundice (yellow tinge to the gums). Fatalities are uncommon; however damage to the liver and kidneys can cause disease long term. Leptospirosis can infect humans.
Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough Syndrome)
Kennel Cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory tract disease caused by various airborne viruses and bacteria. Kennel Cough produces a dry, hacking cough lasting for 1-2 weeks. Infected dogs can shed the disease for up to 3 weeks. Despite the name, dogs do not have to go into kennels to catch Kennel Cough.