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Vaccinating your pet – keeping you up to date

 

Vaccinations are great way to give your dog immunity to some of the worst infectious diseases, and make sure they are as safe as they can be.

Vaccinations are given as an annual injection, which keeps immunity topped-up and your dog protected. The only vaccination not given by injection is kennel cough. This is given via an annual intra-nasal vaccine – a squirt up the nose! This gets the vaccine right where it is needed to give local immunity.

Although it is important that your dog has a vaccination appointment every year, not all the vaccines will be given at every appointment. This is because different vaccines last for different amounts of time – your vet will be able to tell you about the schedule for your dog. Your dog will need at least one vaccine every year, however, and your pet should have a thorough health check at least once a year as part of their general healthcare. This helps your vet check that no developing health problems can be detected.

Keeping your annual vaccination appointment every year is really important for both you, and your dog.

Vaccinations for Puppies

As you are aware we at Oralade HQ acquired a gorgeous new mini dachshund puppy. Lavander, in December and if you’ve been following our facebook and instagram account you will be aware that we are currently going through the vaccination process with her.  We are happy to help with any queries.

Once your puppy is 6 – 8 weeks old, they can have their first vaccinations – usually called the primary course. This consists of two or three injections, given 2 – 4 weeks apart. Some puppies will have their first of these vaccinations while they are still with their breeder. 

For adult dogs, if you do not know if your dog has had vaccinations previously, or if you know the last injections were more than 15 months ago, your dog will also need to have a primary course of two injections.  Adult dogs can start this at any time, but if you know your dog is currently not protected by vaccination, the course should be started as soon as possible. Your vet will check your dog over before administering any vaccines, to make sure there are no clinical reasons not to give the vaccine – for example, a dog already fighting any active infection would need to recover from this before a vaccination was given.

Once any dog has had their initial course of injections, they will only need one injection per year afterwards to keep that immunity ‘topped up’.  

Wishing you health and happiness with your dogs, please remember that you will hopefully have your pet for roughly 14 years so a healthy companion will be a much happier one, Bx