Don't Get Complacent Over Your Dog's Vaccinations

Don't Get Complacent Over Your Dog's Vaccinations

However we can’t afford to be complacent and unfortunately we still hear of cases of these preventable diseases when vaccinations either are never done or go out of date. I heard of one case just last week from some vet colleagues working nearby.

It is no longer necessary to vaccinate against every disease, every year but it is important to have a health check EVERY YEAR and Leptospirosis vaccine. Leptospirosis is also called Weil’s disease,can be passed to people and is transmitted by rats urine. The vaccine has been shown to last for a maximum of 14 months, so yearly boosters are definitely required for this disease.

There is no reliable evidence of ill health associated with vaccination in dogs and comprehensive studies have not shown any relationship between vaccination and the development of any conditions, including immune mediated disease.

See below for full details of our recommended protocols. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call.

What do we advise vaccination against?

Parvovirus. An often fatal virus causing severe bloody diarrhoea, still seen in unvaccinated pups in London.
Leptospirosis. A fatal disease spread by rats’ urine which can cause kidney failure. Leptospirosis can be passed onto humans
Canine Distemper. A fatal disease of the immune system and the brain.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis. Is a fatal disease affecting the liver.

In addition:

Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is very rarely fatal but causes an irritating and uncomfy cough. We advise a kennel cough vaccination for all dogs; the vaccine covers the two main components of kennel cough. Please remember there are lots of bugs that can cause coughs in your dog and the vaccine cannot protect against all of these.

For dogs travelling overseas on the Pet Travel Scheme. Please see here for additional information.

Vaccination Protocol: Puppies

  • First vaccination from 7 weeks.
  • Second vaccination two to four weeks after.
  • Your puppy is then allowed to go outside for walks a week after the second one.
  • An optional third vaccination can be given when your puppy is between 12 – 15 weeks old – 5% of puppies at this age will still have antibodies in their blood that have been passed from their mother’s milk, these antibodies can make the vaccine less effective.
  • We strongly recommend that certain breeds such as Rottweilers and Dobermans have a third vaccination at 12- 15 weeks as they are especially susceptible to parvovirus.

Adult dogs:

Full vaccine at 15months (one year after the “puppy course”)
Yearly health check and Leptospirosis vaccine every year, full vaccine every 3years.

Older dogs:

As well as vaccinations we recommend a senior blood test to pick up any problems at an early stage, when they are much easier to treat.