The vaccination protocol that we recommend covers the following canine diseases:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Primary Vaccination course
The initial vaccination course for puppies consists of 2 injections given between 2 and 4 weeks apart. The second injection must be given when your puppy is at least 10 weeks old - therefore the course is normally started at 8 to 10 weeks of age. We would prefer if your puppy has had time to settle in with you and is not incubating any illnesses before starting the vaccination course, so we advise that you wait at least a few days before the first injection. Your puppy won’t be fully covered by the vaccinations until at least 7 days after the second injection.
After the primary course, the vaccinations are repeated annually to ensure that your dog's immune system is ‘boostered’ (or reminded to protect) against the diseases mentioned above. If your dog has started their vaccinations with us you should receive a postcard before your dog's booster is due, to prompt you to book an appointment. Telephone (Usk) 01291 672637 (Caerleon) 01633 430053
Kennel cough is a syndrome not a disease – any one of several different bacteria and viruses cause the clinical sign of a harsh cough. As the name suggests it is common in dogs that are kennelled and that is why many boarding kennels require the vaccination for entry. However it is a dog-to-dog transmitted syndrome so wherever there are a lot of dogs in one area such as training classes, dog-walking groups or a busy dog walking park, it is possible to pick up an infection. In mild cases the dogs can get better by themselves, but this can take several weeks. In more severe cases the clinical signs can warrant the use of antibiotics. The vaccination available doesn’t cover all the possible strains of bacteria or viruses; it only stimulates the immune system to the most common agents. However this does give a generalised defence to other agents. This means the vaccination cover is not 100% but it will certainly reduce the severity of any disease if your dog is unlucky enough to develop clinical signs. The vaccination works by stimulating local immunity up the nose, and therefore drops are instilled intranasally. The vaccination starts to provide cover from 72 hours after application and the cover lasts for a year. If you are placing your dog in kennels please contact the boarding kennels well in advance to ensure that you comply with their vaccination requirements - some boarding kennels do not accept pets with kennel cough vaccinations undertaken less than 2 weeks before.
Rabies vaccinations are needed as part of the UK Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).
For more information see our Pet Passport page.