Modern vaccines are the result of extensive research and at Inglis Vets we use the very latest vaccines. Unless properly vaccinated your dog runs the risk of contracting several potentially fatal diseases. Parvovirus and Distemper are amongst the most widespread threats to your dog. Although both diseases are no longer seen in epidemic proportions, they are still seen in unvaccinated dogs.
For many years our standard vaccination protected against 34% of commonly reported 'strains' of Leptospirosis, a serious bacterial infection. We now use Nobivac Lepto4, as recent research both in the UK and Europe show that different 'strains' are now being seen and this new vaccine protects against 85% of these. However, as dogs have not had Lepto4 before they will require a course of two injections, four weeks apart. So when it’s time for your dog’s annual vaccination, you will be offered a second appointment (four weeks later) completely free of charge.
Additionally we have vaccines which are available to protect against Parainfluenza and Bordella Bronchiseptica which are the most common causes of a nasty and persistent infectious cough often called “Kennel Cough”. Dogs often pick this up through the air at boarding kennels, dog shows or any areas where dogs mix. This vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is effective in as little as three days. The best time time to have this is two weeks before your dog goes into kennels or to a dog show. The vaccine gives protection for twelve months.
Initially puppies which have never been vaccinated will need a primary vaccination course of two vaccinations four weeks apart. Puppies can start their vaccination course as early as six weeks old. Remember that the protective effects of a vaccination are not immediate and your vet will advise when your puppy may be taken out for walks safely. We think it’s very important that your puppy socialises with other dogs and people early in life to avoid behavioural problems later.
Adult dogs that have not been vaccinated in the last 15 months will require a full vaccination course of two injections – this is often referred to as a restart course and the vaccinations are given four weeks apart.
Immunity to diseases covered by vaccinations does not last indefinitely and will wear off leaving your dog at risk. An annual booster given every twelve months is very important to maintain the immunity which will protect your dog against diseases and infections and it also gives our vet an opportunity to carry out a full health examination of your dog at the same time. Not all components of the vaccination are required every year, although several are and your vet can advise you as to the best vaccination for your dog.
After completion of your dog’s primary course, you will be given a record card providing the vaccination details and advising when the next vaccination is due. We’ll also drop you a reminder via text or post so don’t worry about forgetting about it! If you use boarding kennels or training classes they will most certainly ask to see this record card so keep it safe. Please also bring it with you to the surgery each time your dog has vaccinations so that it can be updated.
For further information on vaccinations or to book an appointment please get in touch with our team.