Dog Vaccination

Vaccination of your pooch is essential to ensure that your dog remains healthy. The diseases that we vaccinate for include the following:

Parvovirus

The most common of the deadly threesome, and is characterised by vomiting, lethargy, depression and bloody diarrhoea. Some cases will recover with intensive care, however the prognosis is always guarded.

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Distemper

This is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. Symptoms include fever, watery discharge from eyes and nose, lethargy, anorexia, coughing, vomiting and diarrhoea. Recovery is possible with intensive treatment however survival does depend on the strain of the virus and the strength of the dog’s immune system.

Hepatitis

Often shown as depression, lethargy, increased thirst, lack of appetite, fever, vomiting and sometimes jaundice. Again, there is no specific treatment and supportive care is required. The prognosis is always guarded.

Canine Cough 

This is a very contagious, viral based disease, which is normally complicated by secondary bacterial infection. Among the infectious agents associated with the canine cough is the bacterium known as Bordatella bronchiseptica and the canine parainfluenza virus.  It was previously named Kennel Cough because many cases are contracted in boarding facilities due to the highly contagious nature of the pathogens and the close proximity of animals in kennels. It is, however, easily transmitted through social contact - at the park, the beach, and training sessions as well. Spread is via aerosol infection similar to human 'colds'. Affected dogs show a hacking cough, sore throat, mild malaise and occasional vomiting or retching.

Vaccination Protocol:

At Swanbourne Vet Centre, we routinely use the following vaccination protocol:

  • 6 - 8 wks : Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis
  • 10-12 wks: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Canine cough
  • 14-16 wks: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis

For older puppies/dogs that have never been vaccinated, we give two vaccinations, 2-3 weeks apart.

Thereafter, boosters are due annually and this will provide the best protection for the life of your dog.