Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few 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.
Until your puppy is fully vaccinated they need to be isolated to safe areas in your house and yard. Please contact the clinic if you have any questions about where is safe to take your new puppy.
Depending on you location your local vet clinic will offer a suitable vaccination protocol tailored to your individual pet. Here at Epsom Avenue Veterinary Clinic our standard protocol is
- 1st vaccination 6 weeks of age.
- 2nd vaccination 9 weeks of age.
- 3rd vaccination 12 weeks of age.
- Annual vaccination as an adult.
However this is tailored to your individual puppies needs at your first visit.
Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet puppy or dog.