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Cedar Grove Vets
Puppy Vaccination

Vaccinations are an important part of a puppy's life, to give them the best protection against diseases and illness.

We offer a complete vaccination package for your puppy, giving both essential vaccinations, a flea treatment, worm treatment, 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan, puppy food package including money off vouches for future purchases, a microchip and puppy socialisation classes here at the surgery.

All for only £45

 

When to vaccinate

Young puppies are usually protected by immunity from their mother. Unfortunately, this protection decreases rapidly. By vaccinating pups once at 8 weeks old and again at 12 weeks of age, we can provide them with protection before disease has had much chance to attack.

Your puppy will be given a full examination by the veterinary surgeon prior to vaccination. This examination is vital to access the health of the puppy and to give the puppy a thorough check over to make sure it is healthy.

Why Vaccinate

Puppies and adult dogs are always exploring the world around them. As they do this they are very likely to come into contact with infectious disease. When any dog encounters an infection for the first time, its immune system will try and protect it against disease that the infection might cause. Unfortunately, your dog may become ill whilst its immune system is trying to learn how to do this.

Vaccination teaches your dog's immune system in advance how to recognise and defend against infection and disease.

 

Vaccination protects your puppy against

Canine Distemper

This was one of the first diseases we were able to vaccinate against. There are still local outbreaks, but the disease is not seen with the frequency that it was before vaccines became available.

The virus targets a number of areas, such as the gut, respiratory tract and nervous system. In some instances the foot pads and nose become cracked. Distemper is often fatal and has a long incubation period, so it is usually too late to vaccinate after the outbreak has begun.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

This is a disease which attacks the liver, kidneys, eyes and lungs of dogs. The disease is rapid and causes death within 24-36 hours. Some dogs can recover and then spread the virus for many months, posing a threat to their dogs.

Canine Parvovirus

Parvovirus was first seen in the late seventies, killing thousands of dogs. The disease is still seen today, although with a reduced frequency. The virus is very persistent in the environment and is unaffected by many household disinfectants. Dogs of all ages can become infected, but puppies are particularly susceptible. Many affected dogs die despite veterinary treatment. vaccination has proven very successful in reducing the scourge of this disease, but has by no means eliminated it.

Coronavirus

This disease is a common virus that affects dogs of all ages, with puppies being particularly susceptible to infection. Coronavirus infections cause diarrhoea and other upsets of the digestive system. In addition, coronavirus has been shown to increase the severity of disease caused by other viruses such as; canine parvovirus.

Leptospirosis

This is a condition which is caused by bacteria. We routinely vaccinate against two different forms of Leptospirosis. One is picked up from watercourses contaminated with the urine of infected rats. Dogs can encounter this when swimming or drinking. This form of the bacterium attacks the liver and the kidneys and is often fatal. It can also be transmitted to humans.

The second form is caught from the urine of other infected dogs. It targets the kidneys and damages them. Sometimes the damage only becomes evident as the dog becomes older and develops kidney failure.

Canine Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is a component of kennel cough. Several infectious agents passed on through airborne droplets from one dog to another, cause this disease. The main signs are harsh hacking cough, with gagging and retching, which gives the appearance of having something stuck in the throat.

Rabies

Although the UK is rabies free, dogs can be vaccinated against rabies prior to travelling abroad.

 

Vaccination Questions and Answers 

  • Why does my dog need to be vaccinated? 

Most of the diseases we vaccinate against have no specific cure. Much of the veterinary treatment for these diseases only supports the pet in the hope that their immune system can overcome the infection. Animals can die before the immune system has had a chance to respond.

Vaccination means that the immune system is taught to recognise and fight diseases before your dog encounters them.

  • Why does my dog need to be vaccinated every year? 

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, one vaccination will not provide life long protection. Secondly, the length of time one vaccination protects for will vary between individual animals. We know, for sure, that when vaccinated according to the manufacturer's instructions, our dogs will be protected for 12 months. After this length of time we cannot be sure that the dog is still protected.

  • Why do we still vaccinate against some diseases, which occur infrequently? 

 All diseases for which we have vaccines, still occur each year in different parts of the country and are by no means eradicated. Fortunately so many dogs are protected by vaccination that these diseases cannot be spread. However if we stop vaccinating, we risk that these diseases re-establishing themselves.

 

 

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