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Dog Vaccinations in Sutton

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

Additional Dog Vaccinations against Kennel Cough and Rabies are also available.

The primary dog vaccinations for puppies helps to overcome the remaining anti-body protection that they still have from their mothers and ensures reliable protection at an early age. The first dog vaccination is usually given at 8 weeks old, followed by a second two to four weeks later (no earlier than 10 weeks old), allowing for an early socialisation programme. At the second vaccination appointment we will provide you with your certificate of dog vaccination.

Maven Vets recommends that yearly boosters are obtained to ensure immunisation is up to date so you can keep on track of your dog vaccinations.

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Different Types of Dog Vaccinations Help Protect Against...

  • Distemper

    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.

  • Hepatitis

    Canine hepatitis is an acute liver infection in dogs caused by 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.

  • Parvovirus

    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

    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

    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.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dogs need to be vaccinated?

Vaccinations are essential for providing your dog with adequate protection from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. There is the option of Titre testing, which involves blood samples to determine your dog's immunity. Unfortunately, this is not always 100% reliable, it is costly to perform and leptospirosis would still need to be vaccinated against. This is why we would recommend core vaccinations on the whole.

Can I avoid vaccinating my dog?

As veterinary professionals, we would always recommend vaccinations; the risk is not worth taking when it comes to the harmful diseases.

What vaccines do dogs legally need?

It is not a legal requirement to have a dog vaccinated, but it is highly advisable. Some kennels, dog trainers and day-care require vaccinations for all dogs to use their services. Insurance can also be invalidated if dogs are not vaccinated.

Can I vaccinate my dog myself?

Under UK law, only veterinary surgeons can prescribe medications; vaccinations fall into this category. Your vet is required to health assess a pet before prescribing and administering the vaccine. Like many drugs, vaccines can have mild side effects, which is why a health check prior is essential to ensure your pet will be fit and well after the vaccine is administered. Veterinary professionals are trained at administering these vaccines; this wouldn't be advised for a member of the public to administer themselves. Also, the vaccination bottles, needles and syringes require correct disposal. Some diseases such as diabetes require owners to inject their animal at home, but correct monitoring, training and equipment is essential. 

If your dog is anxious or nervous, you can speak to the team at any time and we can make a plan to reduce as much stress as we can. For example, after a discussion between the owner and the team, some of our nervous dogs have a minimal health check and the vaccine may still be administered. This is carried out when an owner or we feel a health examination will be too stressful.

What vaccinations does my dog require?

Annual boosters usually cover leptospirosis and kennel cough (can be given every six months). However, distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis are usually needed every three years. Therefore, a dog would need a vaccine every year to have maximum protection against diseases. 

Because of yearly vaccinations, this is why our health plans are popular – they break down these costs into monthly payments. The plan also covers various preventative treatments, including flea treatments, worming treatments and anal gland expressions.

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