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Reducing the Risk of Infectious Disease During the COVID-19 "Lockdown"

Vaccination in dogs

Reducing the Risk of Infectious Disease During the COVID-19 "Lockdown"

Many routine pet vaccinations were temporarily suspended at veterinary practices. However, the best protection for pets is still to keep their vaccinations up to date. If your veterinary practice is now open, remember to contact your vet about going back for any missed vaccination appointments as soon as you can.

To download a personalised vaccination appointment card click here

When you do return to your vet, you are likely to be asked to wait in your car rather than the waiting room so a member of the team can come out to collect your pet. Other social distancing measures may also be in place, if you are uncertain about this make sure you give your practice a call beforehand.

If your practice is not yet open, or you are struggling to book an appointment for the near future, please see our advice on keeping your pets safe.

What diseases do vaccines protect your dogs against?

You can also learn more about the diseases that vaccines help protect your dog.



This map reflects the density of reports of laboratory-confirmed cases of small animal infectious disease protected by vaccines across Great Britain over the 3 years to July 2020.

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Infectious Diseases

In animals, just as in humans, certain viruses, bacteria and parasites can be transmitted between individuals to cause illness (disease). Such diseases can is some cases prove serious and indeed fatal. In others it may lead to distressing illness and/or may be transmissable to people. In both cases vaccines provide the best method of control. Some risks are more likely dependent on the animal’s lifestyle and/or where in the world the animal lives. Because many of these diseases cannot be effectively treated, vaccines remain one of our most powerful tools to keep ourselves and the animals we care for healthy.

Puppies and adult dogs all over the world are recommended vaccination against parvovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis. Leptospirosis is widespread in some countries - including the UK - so vaccination against the disease is also recommended for all dogs. Dogs travelling to another country require a rabies vaccination*. In these cases, other vaccines and parasite control may be recommended to cover against disease risks that may be relevant to the country being visited with your pet. These include diseases like Babesiosis, Leishmaniosis, Lyme disease and Heartworm - you vet should be able to advise accordingly.


*Other requirements apply - please see DEFRA website for full details

Why Vaccinate

Vaccination against serious infectious diseases saves lives and quality of life for many pets. Puppies are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases and should be vaccinated to support their health and survival. Vaccines work by stimulating natural immunity against the infectious diseases they protect against.

Adult dogs are also at risk of being infected with diseases that they can be exposed to in their daily lives either from the places they go or the other animals they meet. Regular vaccination as an adult dog helps ensure immunity is maintained.

The map shows the density of confirmed cases for dog diseases for the 3 years to July 2020.

This is not necessarily an indication of what areas the disease is more prevalent in, as the data captured by these labs is likely to be a small proportion of the suspected number of dogs that might be affected by disease.

Select your area to see what diseases are being most regularly reported around you.

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Travelling Pets

Want to learn more about disease threats you need to protect your pet against when traveling outside of the UK with your pet?

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Vaccination schedules    

It is sometimes hard to remember when your dog needs to receive a vaccine. We created a handy summary...


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