Dogs have three vaccinations as puppies.
- 1st vac - C3 at 6-8 weeks old
- 2nd vac - C5 at 10weeks old
- 3rd vac - C5 at 14weeks old
- First adult booster vaccination at 16months of age. At this vaccination they will now receive a long acting vaccine for the Parvo, Distemper and Hepatitis that will last for 3 years, and a vaccine to protect them against Bordatella and Parainfluenza (this vaccine will only last for 12 months).
- Our vaccine schedule has changed to recommend the use of the newer vaccines (triennial vaccines) in combination with annual boosters for Kennel cough. This means that every year your dog will be protected against all the same diseases, but will have less material injected into them every year.
- A C3 protects against Parvo virus, Hepatitis, Distemper
- A C5 protects against Parvo, Hepatitis, Distemper, Parainfluenza & Bordetella (NB: C5 is recommended for any dog that socialises with other dogs. All good boarding kennels will have a C5 vaccination as a minimum requirment of entry into their kennel.)
- Vaccinations are advised to protect our animals against the 5 main diseases in our area.
- The three fatal diseases that they are protected against are Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Canine Hepatitis.
- Parvovirus is the most prevalent disease in our area and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea that can definitely be fatal, even with intensive nursing care. Prevention is the best way of protecting your puppy.
- Distemper virus can cause respiratory signs and neurological signs and there is no definitive treatment for the virus.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis can cause a fatal liver disease and treatment is supportive only.
Vaccinating your animals is the best way of protecting them against these fatal viral diseases.
The two other pathogens that we vaccinate against are very common, they are two of the major pathogens that cause Kennel cough. They are not usually fatal, but cause severe respiratory signs and especially a cough. It can be very distressing to see animals with kennel cough who will cough so frequently and harshly that they will gag or vomit. Kennel cough is also extremely contagious and will quickly pass to other animals in contact. This is the reason that all animals that board in kennels should be vaccinated against both Parainfluenza virus and Bordetella.