Your Puppy will start his/her vaccinations at 8 weeks old. This consists of a primary vaccination course of 2 vaccines at an interval of 2-4 weeks apart, the last one given when the puppy is older than 10 weeks of age.
Vaccines are essential to ensure we look after the health of your new puppy. The vaccines we use within the practice cover the following diseases;
Canine Distemper – this is a fatal disease which is very rare in the UK now thanks to vaccination. It is a fatal disease which is hard to treat and affects multiple organs including the nervous system.
Canine Parvovirus – this is a fatal disease in young dogs were the virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in particular the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Only a small percentage of pups which get this disease survive.
Canine Parainfluenza- this virus affects the dogs upper airways to cause a nasty cough and can lead to pneumonia in young puppies.
Canine Adenovirus (hepatitis) – this virus attacks the liver and can also affect the dogs eyes, it varies in severity.
Canine Leptospirosis (Canicola and Icterohaemorrhagiae) – bacterial infection spread by rats urine which can get into the environment or water and leads to kidney/liver damage. If is very sudden and often fatal.
Your puppy is protected by the vaccines immunity >7days after the 2nd injection.
Boosters are given annually against all of these viruses to maintain good levels of immunity with a maximum 3 month extension from the date due before restarting the course again.
Within the practice we have a 3 year protocol for our dog vaccines as the immunity against the different diseases varies in length of time, so we do not over vaccinate your pets.
It is also worth considering vaccinating your pup against Tracheobronchitis (Kennel cough) caused by bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and the above virus Parainfluenza. This vaccine is different in that it works locally by absorption through the nasal mucosa (squirted up the dog’s nose, not injected)
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