The sooner you start vaccinating your puppy, the better, because the earlier they can go out safely to socialise with people and other dogs, the easier they'll be to train later on. The first vaccination is also an important chance for us to examine your new puppy to check for any defects or problems that could affect his/her health in the future.
We strongly recommend that all puppies are vaccinated against a combination of:
- Distemper (Hardpad)
- Parvo virus
Vaccination consists of a course of 2 injections. The first can be given from 8 weeks of age. The second is given 4 weeks later, when the puppy is at least 10 weeks old.
Vaccination consists of a course of 2 injections. The first can be given from 8 weeks of age. The second is given 2-3 weeks later, when the puppy is at least 10 weeks old. We recommend that Rottweilers and Dobermans have an extra Parvo Virus vaccination at 20 weeks of age.
Once the puppy has received both injections, he/she should be confined at home for at least 14 days to give the vaccine time to work. Unvaccinated puppies should be kept away from other unvaccinated dogs as much as possible. Adult dogs in the same household are unlikely to be a source of infection, provided they are up to date with their vaccinations, but even they should be kept away from strange dogs to avoid bringing infections home.
Dogs of all ages need an annual booster vaccination to keep their protection up to full strength. The annual booster is a good chance for us to give your dog a thorough check-up, often we can spot and prevent problems before they become serious.
Kennel Cough Vaccination
Kennel Cough is not one disease, it embodies a large number of different infections which all cause very similar symptoms. Typical Kennel Cough causes a dry, hacking cough which is made worse by excitement. The most common cause of Kennel Cough is a bacteria, Bordetella bronchiseptica. Many boarding kennels require vaccination against Kennel Cough before they will accept a dog for boarding.
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against Kennel Cough using Nobivac, which is applied as nose drops rather than as a conventional injection. Kennel Cough protects against Bordetella bronchispetica and Parainfluenza virus only.
Dogs should be vaccinated at least 3 weeks before they are due in kennels. A Kennel Cough vaccination lasts for 1 year.
If there is a member of your household that is clinically immunosuppressed we would recommend postponing the kennel cough vaccination until they have checked its safety with their own doctor. Pets will shed an element of the vaccine for up to 6 weeks after being given it. This is only a concern if someone’s immune system is significantly compromised.