All dogs should be routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. Dogs that regularly attend shows or stay at boarding kennels may also benefit from being vaccinated against Kennel Cough.
When to Vaccinate?
Puppies receive some immunity from their mothers, both via the placenta, before birth and in the first milk. However, this immunity fades rapidly from 6-12 weeks of age so your puppy should receive his / her initial vaccination from 8 weeks of age.
A primary course of vaccinations involves two injections, two weeks apart, and will immunize your puppy for his / her first year.
Your puppy should be kept indoors for at least 1 week after its last injection, in order to avoid exposure to infection before your pet is fully protected.
Regular annual booster vaccinations are essential to ensure your dog's immunity and to protect against diseases.
Your vet will provide you with a record of vaccination, showing the vaccines that have been administered to your dog, and the dates that the next booster is due.