Vaccinations give puppies and adult dogs immunity against fatal diseases:
1. Parvovirus – this virus attacks the bone marrow and gut lining, weakening the immune system and causing bloody vomiting and diarrhoea. Puppies die from dehydration and sepsis.
2. Distemper Virus – this virus attacks the brain, lungs and intestines.
3. Canine Hepatitis – this virus causes severe liver disease, including jaundice, vomiting and diarrhoea.
The above viruses remain in the environment for months and can be spread between apparently healthy dogs. It’s true that in the UK we see these diseases far less commonly, however, this is certainly due to abundant dog vaccination uptake, creating a ‘herd immunity’. If this is reduced we will start to see these fatal dog diseases more and more, just like in less developed countries around the world, or even in highly dog populated and poorer areas of the UK.
4. Leptospirosis – transmitted by rat’s urine and picked up from farms, puddles or watercourses, this bacteria is really hard to diagnose and causes liver and kidney failure.
5. Kennel Cough – or canine infectious tracheobronchitis, can be picked up from anywhere your dog comes into contact with other infected dogs, not just ‘in kennels’. It’s not a serious condition most of the time, but will be uncomfortable for your dog and is highly contagious.
How often should I vaccinate my puppy or dog?
When it comes to how often you should vaccinate your dog, here’s our puppy & dog vaccination protocol:
- Initial course of vaccines
- Followed by 1 year booster
Adult Dog Vaccinations:
- Bacterial vaccine against Leptospirosis (4) and Kennel Cough (5), immunity will only last 12 months. We therefore recommend having this vaccine every year at your dog’s annual health check.
- Viral vaccines (1-3 above) every 3-4 years. Research has shown that immunity to these vaccines can last this duration of time. Our team will keep a record of when your dog is due this vaccination.
Some people ask, why do dogs needs vaccinations every year? The simple answer is, annual dog vaccinations give the highest level of protection against devastating diseases not only for your dog, but for many other dogs too.
What is titre testing?
If you would rather not vaccinate your dog, you may have a titre test which will measure the antibody level against the three viruses, to ensure they have full protective immunity. The frequency that this test should be done will depend on your dog’s age, lifestyle and health.
Are there any side effects of dog vaccinations?
Your dog may develop a lump at the site of injection. This is a normal reaction of the body to the vaccine and should disappear in 2-14 days. Your dog may be quiet for 24 hours. As with humans, a very small percentage of dogs may experience some side effects, however, this is extremely rare and the immunisation benefits far outweigh this. If you are concerned post-vaccine at all, please get in touch with our expert team.
There is increasing internet lobbying against vaccinations and their effects on overstimulating the immune system. It’s true that we are diagnosing conditions more often which involve the immune system attacking the body unnecessarily, however, there is no evidence YET that vaccination is responsible for this.
All-round preventative care for your puppy or dog
As well as annual vaccinations, your dog’s preventative healthcare routine should include all-year-round parasite protection, microchipping and regular health checks with a vet.
You can get all of this when you sign up for our Dog Wellness Plan – find out more.