A number of dangerous diseases can still affect pets in the UK, and some of these can even be transmitted to humans.
Vaccination is the only safe way to provide immunity against all these diseases, and if carried out regularly it can protect your pet for life. Regular boosters are vital to maintain protection.
Immunity is the body’s natural ability to fight infection. By vaccinating we expose puppies to antigens (parts of the disease causing virus or bacteria) so that they can mount an antibody response so protecting them against the disease.
As long as the mother is immune, puppies are usually protected during the first few weeks of life, thanks to the immunity passed through the mother’s first milk (colostrum). However, this immunity fades rapidly, leaving the puppy susceptible to disease within a few weeks. At this point, vaccination can take over from the mother in providing protection.
When should I vaccinate my dog?
The primary course can be started at 8 weeks of age. The initial vaccination course is made up of 2 injections given at least 2 weeks apart. You will then need to wait a further 2 weeks after the second injection before taking your puppy for walks in public places. It is important to begin socialising your puppy as soon as possible so introduce him to various sights and sounds from your arms until fully vaccinated.
On completion of your dog’s primary course, you’ll be given a certificate that contains a record of the vaccination and tells you when the next booster is due. Boarding kennels will need to see this certificate so keep it in a safe place.
What diseases do we vaccinate against for dogs?
Several dangerous diseases still affect cats in the UK.
Vaccination is the only safe way to provide immunity against these diseases, and if carried out regularly, can protect your can for life.
Currently cats can be vaccinated against 6 different diseases:
What diseases do we vaccinate against for cats?
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