Vaccination is giving an injection to protect your dog against certain diseases.
Once the vaccine is given, the immune system prepares itself in case of disease. If the disease tried to infect your dog, the immune system would be ready to fight it. This prevents your dog from becoming unwell.
The injection is a tiny volume of fluid given under the skin of the neck; many dogs don’t even feel the small needle. For the Kennel Cough a few drops of fluid is placed in the nostril from a syringe, no needle is used.
We recommend an initial vaccination programme consisting of three injections given two weeks apart. The injections cover against Distemper, Infectious hepatitis, Parvovirus and four strains of Leptospirosis. For puppies these are given at eight, 10 and 12 weeks of age. The nose drop for Kennel Cough, only needs to be given once initially.
The dogs immune system will respond to the vaccination, resulting in protection a week after the course is completed. This means a puppy having the initial course should not be mixed with unknown dogs or on the ground outside until a week after the second injection, in case of Distemper, Infectious hepatitis, or Parvovirus. Then the puppy should avoid farm or stable yards and waterways until one week after the third injection in case of Leptospirosis. After the Kennel Cough vaccine dogs are protected after three days.
To keep the immune system ready to stop your dog becoming ill, yearly boosters are essential. This annual visit also allows us to health check your pet, so we can identify any health concerns early.
Not having your dog vaccinated means they will not be protected against these diseases and could become unwell or die. This risk is present as there are so many pets and so much wildlife in this area for your dog to catch disease from. Even dogs that never leave their home may be exposed to some diseases from wildlife in the garden.
Vaccinations are an extremely safe treatment, with very rare side effects of slight swelling at the injection site, or a mild fever. The worldwide small animal veterinary association advises vaccination for all at risk dogs.
Vaccination has been very successful at minimising these diseases but sadly outbreaks are always possible.
Our Healthy Pet Club gives you a significant discount on the cost of the years vaccine flea and worm treatment. It also allows you to spread the cost into monthly payments.