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.
When it comes to older adult dogs, if they have not been vaccinated for over 18 months, they will require a course of two injections, given between two and four weeks apart. Furthermore, if you have an older dog which has never been vaccinated we would strongly advise that you book it in ASAP for vaccinations. By not having your dog vaccinated you are running the risk of it contracting fatal diseases such as Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis.
At risk dogs are recommended to have a vaccination against Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough). At risk is typically kennelled dogs, dogs going out with dog walkers or at a Doggy-Day-Care centre. Kennel cough is the only vaccination which is not given by injection, as it is given as drops up your dog’s nose.
During the vaccination appointment
The vaccination appointment is a lot more than just an injection for your dog. It’s a chance for your vet to see how your dog’s health is overall, whether it is a the right weight and it will have a thorough examination. Any concerns you have about your dog’s health can also be addressed. In addition to the examination, the injection will be administered. The injection is given under the skin at the back of the neck which most dogs tolerate very well.
Your dog will have a vaccination record card which will be completed for all vaccinations. This shows all the vaccinations they have had and when the next booster is due. Boarding kennels and attend training classes will usually ask to see your record card before accepting your dog. Please remember to bring your dog’s vaccination card to booster appointments so that we can update it on the day.
Make an appointment
To find out more about our dog vaccinations or to make an appointment please contact our veterinary team
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