Canine Annual Health Checks and Vaccinations

What do we vaccinate against and why?

Distemper   

This disease can affect dogs of all ages however puppies are most at risk. It is both highly contagious and fatal and transmitted through discharges from an infected dog's nose and eyes. The first symptoms will include nasal and ocular discharges, coughing, fever, appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhoea.  Distemper can be fatal or lead to permanent brain damage. 

Hepatitis     
This disease is highly infectious and damages the liver. It is contracted through an infected dogs urine and can remain contagious in an infected dog 6 months after they have recovered. The symptoms include inappetance, lethargy and depression, abdominal pain and diarrhoea and it can be fatal. It can be fatal and dogs that do recover can have long-term kidney and liver problems.

Parvovirus  
This virus causes a severe inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and is transmitted through contact of infected dog faeces. It can also attack the white blood cells causing damage to the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac issues. The symptoms include severe bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy and inappetance. Dehydration occurs quickly and death can follow within 24 hours. Parvovirus is extremely hardy and can survive within the environment for 12 months+.  

Kennel Cough
A highly contagious respiratory disease affecting the trachea and bronchi. Kennel Cough is an air-borne disease and can be passed on anywhere your dogs socialise including the local park, dog groomer or day care (NOT just at kennels!) The symptoms are a dry, painful 'honking' cough along with retching and some nasal discharge. In severe cases, it can lead to pnemonia.

Heartworm   
This parasite is transmitted through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito bites the pet and injects a larval stage of the worm under the skin. This larval stage matures in the pet’s organs for 5 to 6 months becoming an adult worm and migrating through the organs to the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Symptoms include dry chronic cough, exercise intolerance, lethargy and weight loss.

 

 


Vaccination Schedule for Dogs and Puppies

To protect your dog from these disease we recommend 3 puppy vaccinations followed by yearly booster vaccinations for adult dogs for life. 

1st Puppy Vaccine
Given 6-8 weeks old

This vaccination known as C3 is for DHP-Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.
This vaccination will have usually been done prior to adopting your puppy.

 

2nd Puppy Vaccine
Given 10-12 weeks old

This C3 vaccination should take place one month after the first vaccination.
At this time we recommend giving Milbemax monthly for Heartworm prevention.
At 6 months of age you can begin Heartworm injections yearly for life. 

 

3rd Puppy Vaccine
Given 14-16 weeks old

This vaccination is known as C5 which is DHP plus the two components of Kennel Cough - bordatella and parainfluenza.
It is safe to socialise your puppy 2 weeks after the third and final vaccination. 

Adult Canine Vaccinations

At 18 months of age, your dog will require a yearly booster to protect against both strains of Kennel Cough and a yearly Heartworm injection.
Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus boosters are dosed every 3 years.