Puppy Vaccinations

All puppies should receive the core vaccines of canine distemper, adenovirus 2, canine parvovirus, parainfluenza virus, and rabies virus.

Puppy Vaccination FAQ’s: How old should my puppy be when I get them vaccinated? Once your puppy is 8 weeks old, they can have their first vaccination of DHPPI and Lepto 2 (you can start vaccines from 6 weeks but this would mean 3 sets of injection rather than 2, as the dog needs to be 8 weeks old to administer the Lepto 2 Vaccine). This consists of two injections, given 2 – 3 weeks apart.

What vaccines will you give my puppy? We use DHPPI and Lepto 2. We may also advise to vaccinate against Kennel Cough.

What diseases do the vaccinations cover? Every dog should be vaccinated against 3 core diseases – canine distemper, infectious hepatitis and canine parvo virus. These diseases can have devastating consequences for a dog and it is easy to prevent them by regular vaccination.

Nobivac DHPPi – canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus (CAV-2), canine parvovirus (C154) and canine parainfluenza virus.

Lepto 2 – Leptospira interrogans serogroup canicola and Leptospira interrogans serogroup icterohaemorrhagiae.

Why should I vaccinate my puppy? Canine leptospirosis, for example is caused by bacteria spread in the urine of infected animals. Leptospirosis is a very serious infectious bacterial disease of dogs and a risk to humans as it can be passed from one to the other.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that can be fatal to dogs; puppies, elderly or sick dogs have an extremely high mortality rate. There is NO cure, but vaccinating a dog or puppy against parvo will protect them. Many dogs who are diagnosed with parvo will die.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of dogs.There is NO cure for canine distemper infection.

All of the above can be prevented, this is why it is extremely pivotal that you vaccinate your puppy to protect them from undue harm or suffering.

What if I don’t know if my dog has been vaccinated? Respectable and reputable breeders will be able to provide this information to you upon sale of the puppy and the same can be said for most rehoming charities. But, if for any reason you are unsure if your dog has had its vaccinations, consult your vet for advice. It does not hurt to repeat the course of injections but we may advise blood tests to determine the level of antibodies currently present in the dog and this will aid in our decision whether to re-start the course or not.

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