Treating sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of any vet’s work, but we are great believers in proactive healthcare.
It’s simply the best way to help your dog stay fit and healthy throughout it’s life.
Vaccination for puppies – and adult dogs – is the no 1 top priority starting point.
What do vaccinations protect against?
Routine vaccination provides protection against 4 life-threatening diseases which can be caught from unprotected dogs and from the general environment. Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis are the really bad guys.
All these can be fatal and we still see unvaccinated dogs succumbing to them. They are horrible, painful diseases and the heart-breaking fact is that they can so easily be prevented!
The initial course contains 2 injections, which need to be given about 4 weeks apart. Both are essential for full protection – if your puppy misses the 2nd one, you need to start again.
If you get an older dog and you don’t know if he or she has been vaccinated, then you need to start again, and have the full 2 part course, to be sure they are fully protected.
All reputable animal shelters and charities make sure their animals are up to date before re-homing them, but do ask and check.
Once puppies have had their initial vaccination course, it is really important for them to have an annual booster vaccination, for the rest of their lives.
It’s obviously just as vital to make sure they keep up their immunity, as older pets can succumb to these killer diseases just the same as puppies.
In fact they are especially important for older animals. Elderly dogs are more likely to have a poor immune system. Just like elderly humans!
Are they all really necessary?
Well, the latest research suggests that the protection given against some of these diseases lasts longer than just one year. So of course we only vaccinate against the diseases which require annual vaccination. The others are given as necessary.
This means your pet always has the protection it needs, while avoiding the worry of unnecessary vaccinations.
It’s always best to have a full health assessment together with your dog’s annual vaccination booster. This is always a good opportunity for your vet to examine your dog for any problems that you may not have even been aware of.
Early diagnosis always gives the best chance of a successful outcome! So the annual vaccination booster is even more worthwhile.
A vaccination card gives you a complete record of your dog’s vaccinations, so you always know you are up to date.
When you go on holiday, you’ll find that boarding kennels will want to see your vaccination card and check everything is up to date too.
So do make sure you keep your vaccination card somewhere safe.
These days you can take your dog on holiday with you. Rabies vaccinations are essential of course. It’s still widespread in Europe and elsewhere.
If you are planning to take your dog abroad, then please do contact us in good time, so we can help you with everything you will need. You won’t be able to take your dog without full up to date vaccinations – and a passport of course!
Vaccination is a safe, reliable and cost effective way of giving your pet the very best chance of living a long and healthy life.
If your dog’s vaccinations are due, or you think he or she may not be fully protected, Please Call Us to book an appointment 01223 231 111