|8 weeks old||12 weeks old||End of year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5|
(core vaccine) A serious viral infection, sometimes fatal
(core vaccine) Infectious disease affecting the liver, kidney, eyes and lungs
(core vaccine) Causes severe weakness, diarrhoea and vomiting
(core vaccine) A zoonotic disease that causes liver failure
|Infectious Respiratory Disease - CIRD
(in at-risk dogs) A highly contagious disease of a dog's respiratory tract
(in dogs travelling overseas*) A fatal viral disease spread by the bite of an infected animal
* see DEFRA website for full rules
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One of the key reasons why puppies are vaccinated early in life is so that they can be properly “socialised”, without fear of disease. Socialisation is absolutely vital to ensure a balanced and well-behaved adult dog.
Puppies should receive their first combined vaccine to protect against canine parvovirus, distemper, leptospirosis and hepatitis. These vaccines can be administered from as early as 6 weeks but more commonly at around 8 weeks, A second dose is needed 2-4 weeks after. Some practices offer alternative protocols involving 3 doses that can enhance early immunity and help early socialisation.
Regular vaccination throughout a dog’s life is important – as it ensures that they are free to explore and socialise with other dogs, without fearing becoming infected with a range of important diseases.
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