Vaccinating Your Dog
It’s a jungle out there. At least, it is if you’re a new-born pup. We recommend your pup’s first vaccination from seven weeks old, followed by a second vaccination two to four weeks later. This means that they are protected from common (and potentially deadly) diseases found in London and the UK. Once the vaccination kicks in, within about a week, they can come along to our puppy parties. A week after their second vaccination they can go anywhere.
What do we advise vaccinating against?
- Leptospirosis is a fatal disease spread by rats’ urine, can cause kidney failure and be passed onto humans.
- Canine Distemper is a fatal disease of the immune system and brain.
- Canine Parvo Virus is a fatal disease causing profound and haemorrhagic gastroenteritis.
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis is a fatal disease affecting the liver.
- Kennel cough – see below for more details.
Though rarely fatal, kennel cough is an irritating, uncomfortable cough. It’s known to make both you and your pet rather grumpy, which is why we advise it for all dogs. This vaccine doesn’t offer complete immunity, but if your dog is exposed, the severity of the cough is much less and it lasts for only a short time.
When you bring in your pup to say hello, we’ll assess what’s needed and only vaccinate where absolutely necessary. It’s important that your adult dog is seen every year and we’ll always post reminders, but it’s best to mark the dates in your diary.
- Puppies need at least two injections to get them started, and certain breeds may need a third vaccination.
- The first vaccination should be booked when they’re around seven weeks, with the second at two to four weeks later but not before 10 weeks of age.
- Puppies can come to socialisation classes a week after their first vaccination
- You’ll need to wait one week after the second vaccination before taking your puppy out for walks.
- If your dog is a Rottweiler or a Doberman, we recommend that they have a third vaccination at 12-15 weeks, as they’re more susceptible to parvovirus.
Adult and older dogs
- A year after the first, puppy course of vaccinations, at around 15 months old, your dog will need a repeat, full vaccine. After that, they’ll need a full vaccine just every three years.
- Make sure you bring them in for a health check and Leptospirosis vaccine yearly.
- Older dogs should have a senior blood test, which picks up any problems early and makes them easier to treat.