Dog VAccinations

In the UK, dogs are vaccinated with a combined vaccination giving protection against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. Distemper and Parvovirus are terribly contagious and often fatal diseases that we see a lot less these day, thanks to vaccination. Hepatitis is also often fatal and Parainfluenza is one of the causes of a very annoying and distressing illness known as Kennel Cough. 

Most dogs in the UK are also vaccinated against Leptospirosis, as this can be passed to humans as well. 

Other vaccinations available for dogs include Bordetella bronchiseptica, another cause of Kennel Cough (often given before the dog enters boarding kennels or shows) and Rabies (usually given if your dog is part of the Pet Passport scheme or is going to live in a country that has Rabies).

Puppies can start a course of vaccinations from 6 weeks, but most start at 8 weeks and have a second injection a month later. Annual vaccination for life is the usual recommendation although evidence suggests that some vaccinations can be given every couple of years instead. If you have acquired an adult dog with an unknown vaccination history, you should consult a vet about how best to protect your new pet.