Dog Vaccinations

 

We can protect your dog against many of the major infectious diseases of dogs with our routine vaccination regime described below.

 

ROUTINE VACCINATION SCHEDULE

1ST VACCINATION

From 6 weeks of age (usually at 8 weeks)

2ND VACCINATION

4 weeks later

BOOSTERS

Annually (however in some years a reduced vaccine is given)

While the vaccine is taking effect your dog is still vulnerable to infection, so must stay away from unvaccinated dogs and places they may have been. Your puppy/dog will be adequately protected from 1 week after their second vaccination.

 

Full Health Assessment

At Eastgate Veterinary Group a full health assessment is included in the price of every vaccination appointment. This is always a good opportunity for us to examine your dog for any problems that you may or may not have been aware of. Regular examination can lead to early diagnosis of a condition and gives your pet a better chance of a successful outcome.

 

Why should I get my dog vaccinated?

Routine vaccination is vitally important in keeping your dog healthy and protecting him/her from several potentially life threatening diseases. Leptospirosis is also contagious to people so vaccination keeps your family safe also. The vaccines we use stimulate your dog’s immune system to produce protective antibodies, which will then defend it against the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases and prevent him or her from becoming ill.

 

Dogs should have annual boosters against Leptospirosis so you need to come in for vaccines every year. The full booster, however is only needed every three years. Check with the veterinary surgeon for further details.

 

WHICH DISEASES CAN WE VACCINATE AGAINST?

 

Canine Parvovirus

This is a viral disease which causes sudden onset of very severe vomiting and diarrhoea, usually with large amounts of blood. Dogs of all ages can potentially be affected but puppies are particularly susceptible to the disease. Affected animals rapidly become very dehydrated and may collapse and die.

 

Leptospirosis

This bacterial disease is commonly seen often as a result of exposure to infected rat’s urine. It is a particular risk in rural areas and can cause liver failure. Another form spreads from dog to dog and can cause kidney failure. It is often fatal and protection from vaccination only lasts one year. Leptospirosis can also be zoonotic (meaning it can affect people).

 

Canine Distemper (hard pad)

This is a viral disease that has many different forms and can cause gut symptoms, respiratory symptoms, skin changes or nervous signs.

 

Canine Infectious Hepatitis

This is a viral disease affecting the liver causing hepatitis and often liver failure.

 

ARE THERE OTHER DOG VACCINATIONS I SHOULD CONSIDER?

 

Kennel Cough

This is a very contagious disease causing a harsh, dry, hacking cough, often followed by gagging or retching. The cough may last from days to several weeks and during this time the dog is vulnerable to secondary infections, possibly leading to pneumonia. It is caused by a combination of infectious agents, including Canine Parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bacteria. These are spread by coughed or sneezed droplets, so dogs are a risk when in kennels and also when they meet new dogs, eg. Training classes, dog shows and walks. Many kennels now insist on this vaccination before dogs can be admitted. Protection is provided by an additional intranasal vaccine. This should ideally be given 3 weeks before entering kennels.

 

Rabies

This disease is not present currently in the UK, but it is important to consider vaccinating your dog if you are planning to move abroad and it is essential as part of the Pet Passport Scheme. This scheme is discussed in detail on a separate page in this site.