There are 3 different vaccines that we use in dogs. The first vaccine we give is the routine vaccine against the major endemic diseases of distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, coronavirus, leptospirosis and parainfluenza.
The first injection is given at 6 to 8 weeks – we advise that the puppy is in his/her new home for at least 5 days prior to the 1st vaccination. The 2nd vaccination must be given at least 2 and not more than 4 weeks after the 1st vaccination. Additionally the 2nd vaccination cannot be given before 10 weeks of age. Puppies will be immune from all these major diseases 2 weeks after the 2nd vaccination and at that point can be taken out of his/her first walk on pavements and streets. Booster vaccination is required annually; the practice will send a reminder to advise you when booster vaccinations are due.
The specific kennel cough vaccine is an intranasal vaccine where a few drops of the vaccine are administered via the nostrils of the dog. We advise vaccination for all dogs with a respiratory or heart complaint. Additionally any dogs which are boarded several times per year should be vaccinated as they are more liable to transfer the infection into or out of the kennel. Finally we would advise the vaccine where the symptoms of a persistent cough would be troublesome for the dog or the owner eg in a small house where the dog is left on his own for long periods. Annual boosters are recommended for dogs at risk or a single vaccination prior to entry to the kennels as appropriate.
Prior to travelling abroad we would recommend that you consult the information on Defra website with regard to the PETS travel scheme. With regard to travel to EU & “listed” countries the following rules must be observed:-
- The dog must be identified with a microchip
- Rabies vaccine is administered
- A PETS passport is issued
- The pet can travel abroad as soon as the pet passport is issued. However return to the UK is not allowed until 21 days after the vaccination against rabies
- Booster vaccination is required every three years; the practice will send a reminder at two years 11 months.
Animals travelling to non listed countries may require blood testing & longer periods before return to the UK is allowed. We recommend that you consult the information on Defra website with regard to the PETS travel scheme.