Vaccinating your New Puppy

Vaccinating your puppy will ensure your dog is protected from a range of contagious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Mon 05 Jun 2017

By Judy

Vaccinating your New Puppy

Why vaccinate your new puppy?

Vaccinating your puppy will ensure your dog is protected from a range of contagious and potentially life threatening diseases. Puppies are more prone to illnesses and diseases than older dogs due to their low immune systems that only develop as the dog grows and becomes stronger. It's important therefore to make sure your puppy is vaccinated and equally important not to let your puppy out immediately after vaccination.

Why are puppies not vaccinated at birth?

Puppies are born partially protected from infections from the milk given to them by their mothers, so the first of two injections is necessary at 7-8 weeks.

How are vaccinations given to our dogs?

Canine vaccinations are given by injection by your vet, apart from the vaccination for kennel cough which is generally administered through a nasal spray. However, not all breeds of dogs may be suitable for the vaccination for kennel cough by nasal  spray and may require an injection instead.

A puppy will require two seperate injections given two weeks apart to give immunity from diseases. The first vaccination is usually given at 7-8 weeks and the second injection two weeks later. Your puppy will have to wait a week after the second vaccination before it's safe to venture outdoors for the first time!

What conditions do vaccinations protect our dogs from?

The usual conditions and contagious illnesses that we vaccinate against are:

  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Parainfluenza Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Kennel Cough

Canine Coronavirus is a fairly new vaccine and not offered in every veterinary practice. You will need to consult your vet to find out if Canine Coronavirus is included in their vaccination program.

The vaccination for rabies, if required, is normally administered on its own. Fortunately Rabies is not seen in this country at the present time. But if you plan to take your dog abroad you will need a pet passport and part of this process requires vaccination against rabies.

Many dog owners choose not to vaccinate against kennel cough, believing that kennel cough only affects dogs that frequent boarding kennels. This is certainly not the case and dogs are at risk from Kennel Cough from grooming salons or simply while out and about on the dog walk and mixing with other dogs. Kennel Cough is extremely contagious and vets will often insist on coming out of the vets to treat dogs to avoid infecting other dogs in the reception area. We certainly recommend vaccinating against kennel cough which costs around £30.

Is there a health risk to my dog after being vaccinated?

Adverse reactions from vaccinations are rare and should not be an excuse to not vaccinate your pet. A minority of dogs may develop a rash or sensitivity after vaccination and a small number of dogs may be a little lethargic after vaccination for a day or so. The benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the negatives and will protect your dog from potential fatal illnesses.