A primary vaccination course is started when your puppy has reached 8 weeks of age. One injection is given, followed by a second injection at 10 to 12 weeks' old. They will have full immunity 7 days after the second vaccination has been given and will then be able to go out in public places. Annual boosters are required throughout their lives to keep the immunity.
Vaccinations are important to prevent your dog from contracting some infectious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The very young and very old are particularly at risk. By having your dog vaccinated, you are minimising the risk to your animal.
The diseases we vaccinate against are:
- Canine Parvo Virus
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Canine Leptospirosis
We also recommend vaccinating against Kennel Cough (Parainfluenza and Bordetella Bronchiseptica). Although commonly picked up in kennels where the dogs are housed in close proximity, the virus is airborne and can be picked up at the park, in the woods, at dog shows, events etc.
However, something to be aware of - occasionally kennels prefer your dog not to be vaccinated against this so please check with them beforehand if you plan to put your dog into boarding. The reason for this is because the vaccine is a Live Vaccine and your dog is potentially infectious to others. The vaccination we use lasts 1 year.