WSAVA Launches Updated Dog Vaccinations Guidelines

Dog Vaccinations Guidelines 2015 by the WSAVA


In a recent publication by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) new guidelines have been released on the recommendation for Dog Vaccinations 

In this recent publication it is recommending that puppies should be vaccinated much more frequently with core vaccines until they are a year old. The recommendation for booster vaccinations for core infections (see later) is every 3 years or more if the primary puppy course has been completed.



Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month began back in 2005 originally as National Veterinary Nursing Day. Over a few years,  it has progressed to a week then Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month in 2012. It was established to spread the word of the importance of a veterinary nurse’s role within the practice. Each year more and more practices…


Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month

Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM)

Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month started back in 2005 as National Veterinary Nursing Day. It then progressed to a week and since 2012 it has been for a full month. 

It was established to inform people of the importance of a veterinary nurse’s role in the practice of keeping your pets safe and well. Over the years more and more practices have become involved throughout the UK.



Vaccinations Kennel Cough

The importance of Vaccinations for Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a term used to describe a contagious infectious cough affecting dogs. It is most commonly caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria and /or canine parainfluenza virus, although many other viruses, bacteria and mycoplasmas have occasionally been implicated in outbreaks.

A few of the infections which can cause kennel cough symptoms are included in your dog’s annual vaccinations. These infections are canine distemper, canine adenovirus type two and canine parainfluenza.



Vaccinating your dog

Vaccinating your dog is a great way to protect your dog from some really infectious diseases

Vaccinating your dog helps protect them from some of the most serious infectious diseases, such as Parvovirus, Distemper, Viral Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.

When should a dog be vaccinated?

Puppy vaccinations are generally given from as early as 8 weeks of age. The courses generally consist of two vaccinations typically between two and four weeks apart.  At Dragon Vets we don’t give the second vaccination before 12 weeks of age as this ensures the immunity gained from the mother has waned as this would blog the effect of the vaccine. We also recommend a third vaccination at 16-18 weeks old, especially for certain breeds such as Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers.  After this period an annual booster injection should be given once every 12 months. This is vital to the dogs to maintain the immunity against infections.



Treating Your Dog This Christmas

Christmas foods you certainly should avoid giving to dogs

Christmas is a time for celebration for all the family including our dogs. During this the festive season we often introduce exciting have foods into our households that we don’t normally have. Some of these foods can be potentially harmful to our dogs, therefore we have put together a list of a few things to be aware of.



The importance of Kennel Cough Vaccinations

Why is it important for your dog to have Kennel Cough Vaccinations?

The importance of kennel cough vaccinations for your dog.

Many dog owners will have heard of a kennel cough, but may have never come into contact with a dog suffering from the condition and are not aware of the signs and symptoms of this illness. It is a common canine health condition within the UK.  Due to the availability of kennel cough vaccinations, the disease is less common than it used to be.

To help protect their dogs from an outbreak, all owners of dogs should be aware of the signs and steps to take in preventing their dog contracting this condition.



The importance of Dental X-ray images for Dogs & cats


Why we take dental x-ray images of dog and cat teeth

Many times when you go to your own dentist for a check-up they will want to take some dental x-ray images of your teeth. Commonly this will be to assess for caries or previous fillings. Caries are the main cause of fillings in people, and dogs and cats rarely suffer from caries, so why do we take radiographs of dog and cat teeth?



Taking Your Pet Abroad

Travelling abroad with your pet

When travelling abroad with your pet, there are now new rules to follow regarding our recent exit to the EU.
The rules will depend on which country you are going to or coming from.