Dogs vaccinations have changed in recent times, there is now a new leptospirosis vaccine available that gives much improved protection against strains of Leptospirosis that are becoming more common. Dogs require at least two injections initially to give full immunity. There must be a four-week interval between the first and second leptospirosis injection and the second injection cannot be given before ten weeks of age.
Puppies can start their vaccinations from as young as six weeks though we usually suggest giving the first vaccination at eight weeks of age, their second (giving second doses of distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus vaccine) at 10 weeks and their third ( for their second leptospirosis vaccine) at 12 weeks
In order for your adult dog to get the full level of protection from the new Leptospirosis vaccine, a second injection will be required 4 weeks after the booster. We are charging just £6.00 for this upgrade known as an L4 UPGRADE. If you choose not to upgrade, the old level of protection will be maintained by the new vaccine - please talk to your vet beforehand if you have any questions or concerns about this new L4 vaccine.
Diseases we vaccinate dogs against:
Distemper: although not very common in this area (thanks to vaccination) it is still important to vaccinate against it as this disease can be fatal and may often cause permanent disabilities. It is still prevalent in other areas of the UK and abroad.
Hepatitis: a serious, potentially fatal liver disease.
- Parainfluenza: one of the many causes of 'kennel cough'.
- Parvovirus: A serious, commonly fatal gastroenteritis. This disease has been well controlled for the past decade however cases are again becoming more common.
- Leptospirosis: This is a very serious and often fatal infectious bacterial disease causing liver and kidney damage. Dogs can pick it up anywhere by coming into contact with contaminated water or the urine of an infected animal. It can also be passed on to people. This disease requires yearly vaccination to maintain immunity.
- Bordetellosis: one of the causes of kennel cough. This produces a particularly nasty variety of kennel cough that can be fatal in young, old or weak dogs. It is not included in the normal booster injection and requires yearly vaccination. It is given as a few drops of liquid up the dog's nose. Most kennels require that this be given before they will accept dogs to board. It is also particularly important for dogs involved in training classes or competitions such as shows or agility work and for puppies attending puppy parties or training classes. Dogs will often find the experience of something being put into their noses a bit disagreeable, so its a good idea to get them used to gentle nose handling when they are little and reward them afterwards.