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Vaccinations

Vaccination has played a vital role in reducing the incidence and severity of many potentially fatal diseases in all species of animals. These diseases, however, are still present in the dog, cat, rabbit and ferret populations, which reinforces the importance to vaccinate.

In recent years there have been many advances in vaccination protocols allowing us to individually tailor your pet’s vaccination requirements and prevent over-vaccination.

Our routine dog vaccination includes the following viruses

  • Distemper Virus
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza Virus
  • Leptospirosis canicola
  • Leptospirosis icterohaemorrhagiae
  • Adenovirus Type 2
  • Coronavirus

We can start your puppy’s vaccination course from as early as 6 weeks of age with a second vaccine at 10 weeks or 2-4 weeks later. Do remember that even though your puppy will have a degree of protection from the first vaccination this is not enough to allow exercise outside your own house and garden until a week after the second vaccination.

Annual vaccination is recommended to maintain immunity.

We would also highly recommend vaccination against Bordetella Bronchiseptica (kennel cough) which is very prevalent in this area and is spread through direct contact. The vaccine is given into one of the nostrils and must be repeated on an annual basis.

Kennel Cough is a highly contagious condition in dogs and is easily spread wherever dogs meet – out on walks, at training classes, dog shows and of course in boarding kennels.

Dogs with kennel cough typically have a dry hacking cough, commonly followed by retching. The cough is often described as having a “honking” sound. In mild cases, dogs will continue to eat and be active and alert. However in more severe cases the symptoms may progress and include lethargy, fever and lack of interest in food. While some mildly affected dogs recover relatively rapidly (usually in 5-10 days), others may take several weeks to recover fully and antibiotic treatment is often required.

The condition is caused by a mixture of viruses and a bacterium – Bordetella Bronchiseptica. Although your pet’s regular booster vaccinations should provide protection against the viral components of the cough, only intranasal vaccine drops can offer protection against Bordetella. Don’t take any chances with kennel cough – contact us to ensure your pet is vaccinated!

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