Sydney Dog and Puppy Vaccinations
While no one likes needles – no less your pooch – vaccinations are still an important part of looking after your furry friend’s health! Vaccinations have done wonders to help protect humans from infectious diseases by introducing a small, relatively harmless strain of a disease to stimulate the body’s immune system to build up antibodies for protection whenever a true strain of the disease attempts to come on board. Similarly, dog vaccinations also ensure a strong immune defence for our dogs.
As our dogs cannot take themselves to a doctor or healthcare professional, it’s important that you take them to see a vet so they can get the proper care with a personalised vaccination plan.
Puppies first get their antibodies through the milk of their mother. However, the potency of this will decline with age. This is where we recommend beginning their core vaccination cycle to start lifelong disease protection.
Puppies should generally receive their: first vaccination at 6 – 8 weeks, second at 10 – 12 weeks and then third at 12 – 16 weeks of age. Once your puppy has gotten their vaccinations, then they are free to start mingling with other animals without fear of catching an infectious disease.
Adult Dog Vaccinations & Booster Shots
Grown-up dogs still require a booster shot every 1-3 years to protect them from infectious diseases.
If you have recently adopted an adult dog (over 14 weeks old), and are unsure if they are fully vaccinated, we may advise that they begin the vaccination cycle to ensure that they are fully protected. We can also provide antibody titre testing for Parvovirus to check if they are protected against this disease.
What Dog Diseases should I vaccinate against?
During a consultation, your veterinarian will recommend a combination of vaccines to help protect your dog based on their risk factors: such as age, location, breed and lifestyle.
Please feel free to ask us more if you have concerns about dog diseases in your area, we supply all the core vaccines (C3, C5 and C7) and non-core vaccines e.g. Rabies to keep your pet protected. Here are some of the infectious dog diseases that we cover:
Any dog can catch and be infected by canine parvovirus, but it becomes more dangerous for young pups and elders. Canine parvovirus is highly contagious and has reached a mortality rate of 91% for dogs that haven’t received treatment. The symptoms of the disease are lethargy, vomiting, fever, and bloody diarrhoea from a direct attack on the intestines. Dogs with parvovirus have sometimes died from severe dehydration even with thorough veterinary care, which is why we put a strong emphasis on vaccinations for your dog.
Also known as the ‘kennel cough.’ Several infectious diseases that spread easily in dog parks, shows, schools and boarding kennels can result in a persistent dry hacking cough for dogs. Some of these bacterias or viruses associated with this cough are Bordetella Bronchiseptica and parainfluenza..
In worse cases, infected dogs can also get pneumonia as a result of the infection.
Unfortunately, dogs can also catch coronavirus. In dogs, canine coronavirus can cause vomiting, depression, loss of appetite and diarrhoea, particularly in younger dogs. While most dogs do recover with treatment, this disease can be fatal. Particularly if it is contracted with other infectious diseases.
Distemper is another highly contagious viral disease that can affect any dog. Younger puppies particularly are at the highest risk. Symptoms vary between cases but may include coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fever and depression. Distemper can leave behind permanent brain damage after recovery.
Hepatitis is a viral disease that can be fatal. It is extremely dangerous but less so in dogs over 2 years old. Symptoms often include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, acute abdominal pain and high fever. Death can occur in severe cases, within 24-26 hours of contracting the disease. Dogs may develop long term problems with their liver and kidney after treatment and recovery.
Leptospirosis is a serious disease that dogs can get through food or water contaminated by rat urine or through receiving rat bites. There’s an increased risk for dogs that live in areas where high populations live, such as near a rubbish dump, to contract this disease. Leptospirosis causes severe liver and kidney damage and is often fatal if not treated. This disease can also be passed onto humans.
Your dog or puppy may have some tenderness at the injection site, have some swelling or be a little off-colour for a day or two. All your dog needs at this time is easy access to food, water and a comfortable place to rest.
If your dog is experiencing any other troublesome symptoms ,for example, swelling of the face and allergic reactions, or are still not themselves after two days, please call our vets.
Besides our dog vaccinations in Sydney, our vets also provide a range of other services to help you look after your pet’s health.