Why it’s important to vaccinate your dogs
There are so many great reasons to welcome a dog into your life. From the physical and mental health benefits and years of companionship, to deterring intruders, giving kids a friend to grow and train with, going on adventures together and more.
Protecting your dog from contagious diseases is an essential part of this long and happy life together. Dogs encounter all kinds of viruses and infections during their lives. Dog vaccinations administered by our experienced Ascot vets will prevent the spread of those common, yet potentially deadly, diseases every dog owner fears.
It’s particularly important to vaccinate your dog if they are highly social at the part or likely to visit places with other pets like boarding kennels, grooming salons and doggy day care.
Our Ascot vet provides dog vaccines to guard against:
- C3 vaccine: canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus, canine hepatitis
- Parainfluenza virus
- Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough)
Puppies receive their first immune-boosting antibodies from their mother’s milk. Around 6-8 weeks of age this ceases to be effective in building immunity. Your puppy should start receiving dog vaccinations from this time.
Starting around 6 weeks of age your puppy will start a 10-week course of core vaccines:
- 1st vaccination at 6-8 weeks
- 2nd vaccination 10-12 weeks
- 3rd vaccination 14-16 weeks
Remember: until your dog is fully vaccinated, they should be kept in isolation to minimise exposure to potentially fatal diseases. Depending on your dog’s lifestyle and social profile, your vet may administer additional or more frequent immunisations as your dog ages.
After the initial 10-week puppy vaccination course your best friend will need regular boosters throughout their life.
Keep your puppy confined for at least 10 days after the final vaccine before you take them for a long walk. This ensures the vaccine can do its work, giving you peace of mind on every trip to the dog park.
Your puppy may be tender and off-colour for a few days after the vaccination course. These symptoms are normal and will disappear quickly. Contact our Ascot vet clinic immediately to get advice if your puppy shows signs of a more serious reaction to dog vaccinations:
- Weakness or lethargy
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Sudden collapse
Adult dog vaccinations
Dog vaccination boosters are required every 12 months to keep your dog’s system fortified against infectious diseases. Annual vet check-ups are a good chance to administer these boosters, as well as stock up on parasite control like heartworm tablets.
Annual vaccination boosters prevent your dog from contracting diseases as they age. It also minimises the risks of diseases spreading throughout the Perth canine community, and potentially infecting humans.
Why you should choose Epsom Avenue Veterinary Clinic to vaccinate your pet
Our friendly team are here to welcome your puppy into our community. At our Ascot vet clinic we focus on personalised, high quality care for dogs of all sizes and breeds, as well as cats and other small animals.
To consult with an experienced vet about a dog vaccination schedule, or book in for a booster appointment, simply fill in the form below or call us directly.
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