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Why are puppy vaccinations necessary? We answer your common concerns

Consider pet vaccines as preventative health products that protect your puppy’s wellbeing. These vaccines perform a number of important roles in keeping pets healthy and alive. Even if your dog is isolated and kept away from other dogs, vaccinations are still necessary. There are airborne diseases such as the ‘kennel cough’ and viruses you can bring into the home yourself (Parvovirus) that will place your pet at risk.

There are many contagious diseases such as Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Parvovirus that do not require direct contact with other dogs for your pet to be affected.


Why does my puppy need them?

The antibodies that infant puppies receive from their mother’s milk last only for a few weeks. They then require vaccines to help their immune systems stimulate their own natural abilities to produce antibodies.


How do vaccines work?

Vaccinations work to activate defensive immune responses that enable your puppy to protect themselves against future infections. These also reduce the severity of disease should they occur.


Are there any side effects to be aware of?

In general, vaccines do not display any side effects with serious reactions being the exception rather than the norm. If there are any reactions, these will be slight (for example lethargy) and do not last long.

We advise the following puppy vaccination schedule:

First vaccine at 6 to 8 weeks – Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus

Second vaccine at 10 to 12 weeks – Booster vaccine (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza /Bordetella /Corona virus/Leptospirosis)

Third vaccine at 14 to 16 weeks – Corona virus / Leptospirosis

Pet vaccines remain the most effective way to ensure the highest form of protection against fatal diseases.

At South East Animal Hospital we have an expert team of specialists with in-depth knowledge of health and disease prevention in pets. If you have any questions or need your puppy vaccinated to protect their health and life, please contact us.