Vaccinating Your Dog

Our vaccinations include a comprehensive veterinary health check and give you peace of mind that your pet will be as healthy as possible.

If you live in the Newman area, please click here to read about vaccinating your dog, as we use C7 Vaccines.

Vaccinations are the single most important thing you can do for your pet to ensure their ultimate health. Due to the large number of unvaccinated stray and wandering dogs and cats, if your pet is unvaccinated or under-vaccinated, they are at risk of contracting some very contagious diseases.

Distemper Virus

This virus is highly contagious and is spread by means similar to colds in people. It can affect dogs of any age, causing signs such as conjunctivitis, nasal discharge and seizures. Unfortunately many dogs die in the early stages of this disease and others can be left with permanent spinal cord damage and muscle twitching.

Canine Hepatitis

This is another very contagious and serious viral disease that can affect dogs. The virus is shed in all bodily excretions of affected dogs and can occur in the urine of recovered dogs. Signs of infection include; loss of appetite, diarrhoea, weakness and a tendency to bleed. Some dogs will have cloudy looking eyes and it may lead to sudden death, especially in puppies.

Parvovirus

This is the most common disease we see today, especially in young puppies not yet fully vaccinated. This virus is shed in the faeces of infected dogs and can survive in the environment for up to 12 months. Signs of parvovirus infection are severe vomiting and diarrhoea, which may become bloody. It may also cause heart problems in puppies younger than 3 months of age.

Kennel Cough

This disease is caused by a complex of viruses and bacteria. There are multiple strains of this virus, however we are only able to vaccinate against two of them; bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza. It is highly contagious and causes a harsh hacking / gagging cough that can persist for up to 2 weeks. This cough will often sound as though your dog has something caught in their throat. Although this disease is not fatal, dogs that use boarding facilities are required to be vaccinated against this unpleasant illness.

When should I vaccinate my dog?

6-8 weeks of age – C3 vaccination (Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus)

12 weeks of age – C5 (C3 plus Kennel Cough components)

16 weeks of age – C5

A C5 vaccination should then be given yearly. These check ups are not just for the vaccination, at this time your dog will receive a thorough check up that can sometimes detect other illness, especially in older dogs.

It is really important that they receive the full course to ensure complete protection against these nasty diseases, which puppies are more susceptible to. Be sure not to forget their annual boosters.

Please ensure that your puppy is not taken for walks or to public places until 10-14 days after their final vaccination. This ensures that your puppy’s immune system has responded to the vaccination course and protects it from these diseases.

If your puppy develops any of these symptoms please contact the clinic ASAP.