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Vaccinating your dog

Vaccinating your dog

Why should I get my dog vaccinated?

There are lots of nasty diseases out there that dogs can catch. Vaccinations are the best way to protect your dog from them.

At Vets4Pets, vaccinations can protect your dog against the following diseases:

  • Canine Parvovirus normally known as Parvo
  • Rabies

  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis

  • Distemper

  • Leptospirosis

  • Kennel Cough

For peace of mind, why not book a vaccination appointment at your local Vets4Pets today?

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Parvo or Canine Parvovirus is highly contagious and causes either severe sickness and diarrhoea or problems with breathing and the heart. Unfortunately, this disease is usually fatal, even with veterinary attention.

Infectious canine hepatitis

Infectious canine hepatitis is passed from dog to 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.

This is a potentially fatal disease, if you notice any of these symptoms, contact your local practice immediately.


Leptospirosis can be spread to humans so vaccinations are important to protect your dog as well as you and 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.

This is a potentially fatal disease, if you notice any of these symptoms, contact your local practice immediately.


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.


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.

This is a potentially fatal disease, if you notice any of these symptoms, contact your local practice immediately.

Kennel Cough

We vaccinate against Kennel Cough separately to the other diseases which are all covered by one injection. Kennel Cough causes a persistent hacking cough that lasts for several weeks. As the name suggests, this cough is often picked up when 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.

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When should I get my dog vaccinated?

You can get your puppy vaccinated once they’re 8 weeks old.

Puppies or dogs who haven’t been vaccinated in the last year will need a primary vaccination course to get their protection started. This primary course consists of two or three injections given two to four 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 often 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.

To find out the best protocol for your puppy or dog, please contact your local practice.