It is vital your puppy is kept up to date with vaccinations to protect against the following infectious and potentially fatal diseases:
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Parvovirus
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis
At 8 weeks old your puppy can have its first vaccination and health check with the vet. It will need another one 2 weeks later but will not be fully protected to go outside to spaces such as parks or on the pavement until 1 week after its second vaccination.
Following this, your dog should return for booster vaccinations every year. The vet will always perform a full clinical examination before vaccination so your dog’s health is also checked each year.
Other canine vaccinations
It is also possible to vaccinate your dog against kennel cough. This is a vaccine, which is administered by squirting a few drops into the dog’s nostril. This may be done at the same time as the dog’s annual booster.
This vaccine is particularly recommended for situations where lots of dogs are gathered together, eg – dog walkers, boarding kennels, dog shows or agility competitions.
The kennel cough vaccine requires annual boosters to maintain immunity.
Lyme’s disease vaccination is a new vaccination that can help prevent a disease passed by ticks. This is quite common in some areas of the country such as the New Forest.
Two vaccines are required to be given 3 weeks apart and then boosted annually. It is also possible to vaccinate your dog against rabies, if you are considering taking your dog abroad.
Please ask any of our staff if you require further information about the PETS Travel Scheme or visit the DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk).