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Congratulations on the new addition to your family, a bundle of joy and mischief! Vaccinating your puppy is an important part of keeping them healthy for life. Find out more below:
Vaccinations (Immunisations) are an important means of protecting your puppy against some potentially fatal diseases. For the first few weeks of a puppy’s life, their mother provides them with antibodies through her milk. These antibodies fight disease and give puppies immunity. The maternal antibodies do not last however, so puppies need to be vaccinated to produce their own antibodies. This builds up their own immunity so they can be protected from disease into adulthood.
Your puppy needs to be protected against these potentially fatal diseases:
Puppies usually have a course of three vaccinations, normally given 4 weeks apart:
This injection is usually the first one that the puppy’s new owner has done for them. Your local vet will vaccinate your puppy and give them a full check up (physical examination) to make sure they are healthy.
This is the final puppy vaccination. Puppies should be isolated from dogs of unknown vaccination / health status until after their final puppy vaccination. This means that they should not be mixing with dogs that may not be vaccinated. Yearly boosters are needed for life to maintain your puppy’s protection. Your vet will send you a reminder each year when your dog is due for the next vaccine booster. NB: If your puppy is older when you acquire it, your vet will commence a vaccination schedule anytime during puppy hood.
When your puppy has their vaccinations and check-up, your vet will discuss with you other important ways to keep him or her safe and healthy. These include: