Why is vaccination important
Vaccination is vital in protecting your pet from key infectious diseases that cause pain, distress and can be life-threatening. Annual preventative healthcare and vaccination appointments provide an opportunity for regular health checks for your pet and an understanding of their needs.
Vaccinations for cats and dogs usually consist of a primary course of two or three vaccinations to stimulate an immune response, followed by annual boosters to maintain immunity as the initial immune response gradually fades over time.
Vaccinations for dogs
For dogs, their first vaccination is generally done at around eight weeks old, with the second vaccination given two to four weeks later.
Core vaccinations for dogs include cover against distemper, parvovirus, canine infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis.
The practice team will advise on when it is safe for your puppy to start going out for walks, meeting other dogs and starting puppy training classes.
All dogs should have an annual booster to keep them fully protected. It is important to ensure that booster injections are given each year and do not lapse, otherwise your dog may need to restart a full course to ensure they have adequate protection.