Vaccinations are especially important for puppies and young dogs to safeguard their long-term health and wellbeing,
When a puppy is born, they are partially protected from external infections and dangers due to inherited immunity transferred to them through the milk of their mother. However, this will only protect them during the first few weeks of their life, and so it is important to arrange vaccination for your puppy at the appropriate developmental stage, so that they will be ready to go out into the wider world for the first time safely and fully protected.
Puppies are much more prone to developing both minor and major illnesses during their first few weeks and months of life than fully grown dogs as they have not yet built up their own immune systems . This is why vets strongly advise puppy owners not to allow their pups outside of their home or into contact with other dogs until they have received their full course of vaccinations
Your puppies vaccination is a two-stage process and the first injection is usually given at eight weeks of age, with the second stage given four weeks later at the age of 12 weeks Please check this with your own vet as different vets use different vaccines and different time scales between first and second vaccination.
It is recommended you take your dog to your vet for a yearly Health Check . Your vet will then be able to review your dog’s health and give them their necessary booster injection.
Our vets The Glenthorne Veterinary Group currently give the
DHP & The New Nobivac Lepto 4 vaccine
DHP(Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus) & The New Nobivac Lepto 4
This vaccine is given by injection at 8 and 12 weeks old, then again a year later.
There after our Vet Vaccinate DHP (Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus) every 3 years, and Leptospirosis & Kennel Cough annually.
- At the first visit our Vet vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
- At the second visit 4 weeks later, our Vet vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis again.
- We also have our Girls vaccinated for Kennel Cough
Canine distemper is a highly infectious viral disease of dogs. Dogs less than one year of age are most commonly affected. However animals that have not been vaccinated or have weakened immune systems are also susceptible to this highly contagious disease.
Distemper affects the body including the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts and the spinal cord and brain
Symptoms include high fever, eye inflammation and eye/nose discharge, labored breathing and coughing, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy, and hardening of nose and footpads. The viral infection can be accompanied by secondary bacterial infections and can cause serious neurological symptoms.
The disease is highly contagious and the leading cause of infectious disease death in puppies and dogs.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious canine hepatitis is a contagious disease in dogs which affects their liver, kidneys, eyes and lungs. Young puppies are particularly susceptible to the disease. The disease can develop very quickly and some individuals may die within hours of becoming unwell. The virus is spread in the faeces, urine, blood, saliva, and nasal discharge of infected dogs.
Symptoms include lack of appetite, fever, pale gums, conjunctivitis, coughing, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Occasionally the disease is so severe as to cause sudden death before any signs or symptoms have developed.
Parvo is highly contagious virus that is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their faeces. Young puppies and unvaccinated dogs, including those who have not had their booster injections, are most at risk from becoming victims of parvo.
The virus attacks cells in a dog’s intestines and stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients. This means that a dog or puppy will become very weak and dehydrated.
Symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhoea with blood in it, vomiting, loss of appetite, collapse, depression, fever and sudden death.
Parvovirus is a highly infectious disease that can be fatal.
Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria that are spread via the urine of infected animals.
The rat is the main carrier of this disease.
Puppies and dogs are either directly infected via contact with infected urine, or indirectly via contact with contaminated water eg: drinking or swimming in canals or rivers that are inhabited by the infected rats.
There are different strains of Leptospirosis these are known as ‘Serovars’ up until recently the 2 strain vaccines provide protection against Icterohaemorrhagiae and Canicola ‘Serovars’.
Recently a 4 strain vaccine for leptospirosis has been introduced this vaccine is known as DHP & Lepto 4 vaccine and this now covers a wider variety of ‘Serovars’ to ensure added protection for your puppy
It is very important to protect your puppy/ dog from this bacteria by having an annual booster vaccination
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, more commonly known as kennel cough, is a highly contagious disease of a dog’s respiratory tract.
Infectious tracheobronchitis simply means inflammation of the trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (deep airways) the virus causes inflammation and irritation infecting the lining of the respiratory tract . Kennel cough can be more severe in puppies or the elderly dog
Kennel Cough is transmitted by coughing, sneezing or nose-to-nose contact. The disease can spread rapidly when the virus or bacteria are inhaled into the nose and mouth. Because the infection spreads rapidly outbreaks are particularly common where there are several dogs in a small space, such as boarding kennels or training classes. Infection can also be spread by direct contact, such as meeting dogs on a walk, and by sharing items such as toys and water bowls.
Symptoms include a harsh dry cough, this may cause retching your puppy / dog may show signs of tiredness, loss of appetite and have a mildly raised temperature.
The Kennel Cough Vaccine (a small amount of liquid) is given directly into the puppy or dogs nose The vaccine protects against the most common strains of ‘parainfluenza‘ and ‘Bordetella‘. The vaccine gives your puppy / dog 12mths of protection, to keep them protected our puppy / dog will need this vaccine yearly.
If you require any more details about Vaccinations
Please contact your own Vet
Who will be more than willing to help you.