Comprehensive dog vaccinations to protect your pet from preventable diseases
One of the most important things you can do to give your dog a long and healthy life is ensure they are vaccinated against common canine diseases.
When should my pet be vaccinated?
The first vaccination is usually given in two parts, the first dose at around the age of six to eight weeks and the second about two to four weeks later. Thereafter, your dog will require annual ‘booster’ vaccinations for the rest of their life to maintain immunity.
What do vaccinations protect dogs against?
Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness or death. These include:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine tracheobronchitis
- Canine distemper
- Infectious canine hepatitis
- Rabies, when required
Other vaccinations may be recommended based on an evaluation of the risks posed by your dog’s heredity, environment and lifestyle.
But above all, follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinary surgeon – if there’s too long an interval between vaccinations, your dog may no longer be fully protected.
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Very contagious, debilitating and widespread, the disease caused by this virus emerged in many parts of the world only in 1978. Spread through infected faeces, the highly resistant virus can remain in the environment for many months. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, vomiting and blood-stained diarrhoea. Vaccination is the only certain method of preventing this potentially fatal disease, which is most severe in young pups and elderly dogs.
Vaccination against this often fatal, hard-to-treat disease is absolutely essential. Highly contagious, it is spread by discharges from the noses and eyes of infected dogs. Symptoms can include listlessness, fever, coughing, diarrhoea and vomiting; convulsions and paralysis may occur in the disease’s final stages. The distemper virus attacks many organs, including the nervous system, which may be permanently damaged, even if the dog recovers.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Caused by Canine Adenovirus Type I, this disease is transmitted among dogs by contact with secretions, such as saliva, infected urine or faeces. Its symptoms are similar to those of the early stages of distemper. Causing liver failure, eye damage and breathing problems, the course of this disease can range from mild to fatal. Vaccination remains the best protection.
Dogs infected with this disease can suffer liver and kidney damage that will need a long period of treatment if they are to fully recover. It is also a disease that can infect humans.
Also known as Kennel Cough. Just as with the human common cold, this respiratory-tract infection is easily transmitted from one dog to another, so vaccination is imperative if your pet will come into contact with other dogs in such situations as obedience training, boarding at a kennel or even just playing in the park. The disease is caused by various airborne bacteria and viruses, including Canine Parainfluenza virus and Canine Adenovirus Type II. Bordetella bronchiseptica is one of the main causes of this disease and requires a separate intra-nasal vaccine. You’ll first notice its onset by your dog’s dry, hacking cough.
After evaluating your dog’s particular situation and risk factors, your veterinary surgeon may also recommend vaccination against other infectious diseases. These might include:
This virus attacks the intestinal system and can be fatal to puppies. Symptoms may develop quickly and can include vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration, loss of appetite and depression.
This incurable and fatal viral disease affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. It is spread through contact with the saliva of infected animals through bites or any break in the skin. Though not present in the UK, this disease occurs widely throughout many other countries of the world.