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Dog Vaccinations

The core (essential) Vaccinations for dogs protect them against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para Influenza, and Leptospirosis.

Additional Vaccinations against Kennel Cough and Rabies are also available.


Further information on diseases protected by vaccination


Distemper is a virus called a paramyxovirus which is similar to measles.

Infection with distemper causes fever and suppression of the immune system.

It can go on to cause a variety of symptoms such as discharge from the eyes and nose, gastrointestinal and respiratory problems, encephalitis (swelling of the brain and spinal cord) and thickening of the pads of the feet.

Distemper can be fatal.


Canine hepatitis is an acute liver infection in dogs caused ay a virus called canine adenovirus.

Infection with canine adenovirus can cause symptoms associated with liver infection: jaundice, abdominal pain and anorexia.

It can also lead to symptoms such as corneal oedema (fluid in the surface of the eye) and bleeding.

Dogs may recover from infection with canine adenovirus but some symptoms may persist.


Canine parvovirus is a very infectious virus.

It is easily spread between dogs when they meet or through contact with faeces from an infected dog.

Parvoviurs is still very common in the UK.

It can cause severe haemorrhagic diarrhoea and can also cause heart failure.

Unfortunately parvovirus is often fatal.

Para Influenza

Para Influenza is a virus which is, in part, responsible for Kennel cough infection in dogs.

It is very contagious and is spread when dogs cough and sneeze.

It is rarely fatal but can cause a nasty cough for up to three weeks.


Leptospirosis is a bacteria which dogs can be infected with, causing disease.

Infection occurs through contact with urine from other infected animals including rats and mice.

Leptospirosis causes fever and vomiting and can cause liver and kidney failure.

Leptospirosis is also zoonotic (can be passed from animals to humans) and so vaccination against this disease is essential.

Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is caused by both a virus (Para Influenza) and bacteria (Bordetella bronchiseptica).

Kennel cough is a very infectious disease.

It causes a nasty cough (sounding often like a goose-bark) and this can last for up to 3 weeks.

Para Influenza protection is given as part of your dog’s core vaccine.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica protection can be given in a separate vaccination which is squirted into your dog’s nose.

Kennel cough is often self limiting but can sometimes lead to further disease including pneumonia.

Vaccination against Kennel Cough is not 100% guarantee that your dog will not develop Kennel Cough. However, vaccination should reduce the risk of developing this condition and reduce the severity of the condition if they are infected.

Please call us to discuss if your pet would benefit from Kennel Cough Vaccination.


Rabies is caused by a virus which invades the nervous system to cause inflammation of the brain and death.

It is zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to humans).

At present rabies is not in the UK and Rabies vaccination does not form part of the core (essential) vaccination protocol.

However, if you wish to travel with your dog they will need rabies vaccinations.

Please visit our section on ‘Travelling abroad with your pet’ for more information.


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