There are lots of nasty diseases out there that dogs can catch and vaccinations are the best way to protect your dog from some of the worst ones.
For puppies (who can be vaccinated from 7 weeks old) or dogs who haven’t been vaccinated in the last year, they will need a primary vaccination course to get their protection started. This primary course consists of two injections given two weeks apart.
After the primary vaccination course, your dog will then need to be vaccinated every year to keep up the protection against the diseases. We call this a booster vaccination as it boosts your dog’s immunity. It is not necessary to vaccinate against every disease every year, but all dogs require a vaccination against at least some diseases every year. Your vet will choose a protocol in line with your pet's health, local disease prevalence, and the most up to date professional guidelines.
At Millburn Vets your dog will receive a full health-assessment at every vaccination appointment. Our friendly vets carry out a thorough head to paw assessment and answer any questions you may have.
The diseases we can protect dogs against with vaccinations are:
- Canine Parvovirus normally known as Parvo
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis
- Kennel Cough
Distemper is passed from dog to dog. The symptoms of Distemper are a runny nose and eyes with coughing and sickness, unusual tiredness and nervous signs including twitching or even fits. A potentially fatal disease, always seek immediate veterinary attention.
Infectious canine hepatitis is caught from another infected dog and it affects the liver. A dog with infectious canine hepatitis will have a very high temperature, pale gums, sickness, diarrhoea and seem generally poorly. A potentially fatal disease, always seek immediate veterinary attention.
Leptospirosis can also be spread to humans so vaccinations are important here to protect your dog as well as your family who could catch the disease from your dog should they become infected. There are different types of Leptospirosis which affect different organs of the body. Signs of Leptospirosis include a high temperature, severe thirst, tiredness, sickness, bloody diarrhoea and jaundice. A potentially fatal disease, always seek immediate veterinary attention.
Parvo is highly contagious and causes either severe sickness and diarrhoea or problems with breathing and the heart. Unfortunately, most dogs who get Parvo don’t survive it even with veterinary attention.
We vaccinate against Kennel Cough separately to the other diseases which are all covered in the same injection. Kennel Cough causes a persistent hacking cough that lasts for several weeks. Although, as the name suggests, this cough is often picked up when dogs stay in boarding kennels, dogs are just as likely to catch it whenever they are close to other dogs, so at training classes, playing at the park, at shows etc. Most good boarding kennels won’t accept your dog unless they have been vaccinated beforehand.
Dogs only need to be vaccinated against rabies if they are going to be taken abroad as this disease isn’t currently seen in the UK. If you are thinking of taking your dog abroad, read our article on pet passports.
Lungworm Did you know, that the lungworm parasite is carried by slugs and snails? When dogs rummage through the undergrowth, drink from puddles, eat grass or generally sniff around outside they can end up eating small slugs or snails either accidentally or on purpose. Once a dog is infected with lungworm they can suffer from serious health problems which can be fatal if left untreated.
Lungworm infections can cause a number of different signs including:
- Breathing problems
- Poor blood clotting
- General signs of being unwell like weight loss, sickness and a poor appetite
- Depression and tiredness
If you are worried that your dog might pick up a lungworm infection or that they have already picked up an infection, our vets can prescribe a regular spot-on treatment which is applied to the back of your dog’s neck. By applying this spot-on on a monthly basis, you can prevent your dog from getting an established lungworm infection.