Dog vaccinations

There are a number of  serious canine diseases that can be fatal even with treatment. It is possible to give your dog protection against these diseases by having a planned vaccination schedule.

Diseases you need to vaccinate against

In dogs, the diseases that are routinely vaccinated against are:

Parvovirus:
Causes severe diarrheoa that requires prolonged intensive care for treatment. Can be fatal.

Distemper:
Causes eye and nasal discharge, coughing, vomiting and diarrhea, progressing to brain involvement causing seizures. Often fatal.

Hepatitis:
Causes vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and liver failure. Often fatal.

Canine cough (CC): 
Also known as kennel cough. canine cough is spread by close contact and airborne transmission. The components that can be vaccinated against are: 

  • Parainfluenza and adenovirus: A viral disease causing a nasty cough.
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica: Bacteria causing a harsh, dry cough and lethargy.

Vaccinaton types

C3 vaccination
Protects against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis.

CC vaccination
Protects against the components of canine cough.

C5 vaccination:
Is a combination of  C3 + CC and is the minimum requirement for most boarding kennels. We strongly recommend a C5 vaccination for all dogs due to the frequency that we see dogs with canine cough in this area.

Vaccination schedule

Historically vaccinations for all diseases have been repeated annually. Advancements in vaccine research have led to the registration of triennial vaccines for some of the diseases. Your dog will be assessed at their annual check up and given the appropriate vaccine for that year. This assures your dog will not be overvaccinated but still fully protected.

Recommended vaccine schedule: 

Age

Vaccination

6-8 weeks C3
10-12 weeks C5
1 year C5
2 years CC
3 years CC
4 years C5
5 years CC
6 years CC
7 years C5
8 years CC
9 years CC
10 years C5

Note: this schedule may change depending on your dog's circumstances.

One week after the final puppy vaccination, your puppy can go outside and socialise with other dogs.

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