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Puppy vaccinations- the most important shots your puppy needs to get


Common animal health issues can be easily prevented with regular vaccination.

Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of diseases and disorders that are preventable through regular vaccination. If your pet is exposed to other pets or animals, spends time socialising with other cats or dogs, or spends time during the year in boarding, vaccinations are crucial in ensuring the long term good health of your pet. As part of the vaccination visit a full health examination and assessment is performed, and we will discuss with you the best vaccination regime for your pet.

Here are some of the core shots they should be receiving:

C3 Vaccination

Canine Parvovirus

Also simply known as “Parvo,” this deadly disease can hit your little puppy’s intestines, bone marrow, lymph nodes, and in some cases, the heart. It is a highly contagious and often fatal disease, affecting dogs of all ages, but pups 6 to 20 weeks old are most susceptible. As for breeds, Rottweilers and Dobermans are known to be more susceptible. It is recommended that your puppy is vaccinated for Parvo starting at 6 to 7 weeks of age.


Also contagious and serious, distemper can affect your puppy’s lymph nodes and tonsils for about a week and then goes on to hit his gastrointestinal, urogenital and nervous systems. Puppies with weak immune systems could pass away after two to five weeks of infection. It is also recommended that your puppy is vaccinated for distemper starting at 6 to 7 weeks of age.

Incidentally, cats can also become infected with distemper (i.e., feline distemper or panleukopenia), and much like dog vaccinations, this viral disease is also included in the core cat vaccinations. Other core feline vaccinations, if you’ve adopted a charming kitty, are: rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus. 

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH)

This is a highly contagious, infectious disease caused by canine adenovirus. Young puppies that are infected can develop severe signs including fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and jaundice, which can often be fatal. Older dogs may have a milder form of the disease, but can develop cloudiness to their eyes (blue eye) a couple of weeks after the infection. It is recommended that your puppy is vaccinated for ICH from 6 to 7 weeks of age.


Kennel Cough

Infectious canine tracheobronchitis, commonly known as "kennel cough", while not as serious or life threatening as the other three diseases, does cause a nasty cough which is highly contagious as it is airborne. This disease can be caused by canine parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Whilst dogs most at risk are those coming into contact with other dogs (e.g. dogs going to shows or dogs being kenneled or boarded), it is important to note that any social pooch may be exposed. Most kennels now require a kennel cough vaccine before your dog can be boarded.


Our recommended vaccination protocol for puppies is:

1. 1st vaccination at 6-8 weeks- parvovirus/distemper/hepatitis

2. 2nd vaccination at 10-12 weeks- parvovirus/distemper/hepatitis/parainfluenza/B.Bronchiseptica

3. 3rd vaccination at 14-16 weeks- parvovirus/distemper/hepatitis

It is important to note that your puppy will not be fully protected against these diseases until 2 weeks after the final vaccination.