Why do I need to vaccinate my dog?
As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure that your pet stays fit and healthy. Keeping your dog up to date with their vaccinations is vital to provide immunisation and protection against many life-threatening diseases, many of which have no cure.
Vaccinations are also essential if you wish to place your pet into kennels as they will not accept them unless you have an up to date vaccination certificate. Kennel cough vaccination is also required for dogs and must be given at least 5 days before going into kennels.
If you wish to take your pet abroad, they will require a pet passport and RABIES vaccinations will be required for this. Different countries will have different regulations so you will need to check in advance of taking your pet abroad.
When do I need to vaccinate my pet?
Your puppy will need a course of two injections 2- 4 weeks apart. They can have their first vaccination any time from 8 weeks of age and finish the course at 10 weeks of age or older. They must not go out into public places until 2 weeks after their 2nd vaccine.
Boosters for adults
All dogs should have an annual booster to keep them fully protected. It is very important to ensure that you keep to these time scales otherwise you may need to re-start a full course. We will send you out an annual reminder to help prompt you to book in for your dog’s booster.
What major diseases do we vaccinate against?
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
We can also vaccinate against:
- Kennel Cough
What if I dont want to continually vaccinate my pet?
We as a practice are very progressive and would like to cater to all types of pet owners. There is a lot of debate regarding booster vaccinations and some owners have expressed their concern regarding compulsory annual booster vaccinations. We do advise annual vaccinations as the easiest way to maintain immunity for your pet. For those owners wishing to tailor a vaccination regime based upon their individual pets immune status we offer a titre testing package. Titre testing is a blood test by which it is possible to ascertain if your pet has adequate immunity from previous core vaccines. If this is the case then we will not insist on another unnecessary booster. This is I accordance with the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association animal veterinary association) vaccination guidelines. Please check out the following website www.wsava.org for further information on vaccinations.
If you have any questions are unsure if your pet requires a vaccination, please contact the surgery and we will be happy to help.