Young puppies are protected for a period of time against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These antibodies decrease down in the first months of their lives. However until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy after the antibodies disappear.
Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from vaccination is less effective over time and your pet can again become sensitive to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life for your pet.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be dizzy or drowsy for a day or he might have some slight swelling at the injection site. Providing your pet a comfortable area to rest, and access to fresh water and food can help him to recover faster. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call or send us an email to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet puppy or dog.
INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOGS THAT WE VACCINATE AGAINST
Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages, being more severe in young and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloodstained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care.
No direct contact with other dogs is needed for the disease to be spread. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment needs to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs.
Canine distemper is a highly contagious disease that affect dogs, with young puppies being at highest risk.
Symptoms may vary including fever, sneezing , coughing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Fits and paralysis can appear later in the disease. Treatment is usually ineffective and the recovery rate very low. Dogs that do recover may have permanent brain damage.
Canine hepatitis is an extremely contagious and often fatal disease. Dogs of any age can become infected. However severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age.
Symptoms are high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases death can occur within 24 to 36 hours. Dogs may develop long term liver and kidney problems if they recovered, and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months.
Kennel cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread in parks, shows, obedience schools and kennels.
Affected dogs have a dry cough which can last for several weeks. It is distressing for dogs and their owners. This disease can lead to a pneumonia, a consequence of the infection.
Canine coronavirus causes depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea especially in young dogs. Diarrhoea may last for several days. Although treatment is effective, the disease can be fatal, especially if there are other viruses affecting the dog, for instance parvovirus.
Canine leptospirosis is a serious disease with high death rates. It is spread by the urine of rats and is usually transmitted to dogs by contaminated food and water, or by rat bites.