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Routine Vaccinations

Dogs are susceptible to a range of infectious diseases. Fortunately, we are able to immunize against many of these potentially fatal diseases. We can’t make specific recommendations on vaccinations without knowing the lifestyle of your pet. Generally though, many vaccinations will need repeating annually. We send out regular reminders every year through the post or by email. Prior to the vaccination, your pet will be given a full physical examination to check for any health issues. Please note that we will not give live vaccinations if your dog is pregnant in case it harms the unborn puppies.

Puppy Core vaccinations

For the core (general) vaccines, the first injection will normally be given at 8 weeks of age, followed by the first booster 4 weeks later, at 12 weeks of age.

The third and final dose is given at 16 weeks of age or later and is important for improved protection against Leptospirosis.

This initial course is followed by yearly boosters.

Vaccinations available for your dog are:

Canine Parvovirus 2– core vaccine

Canine Distemper Virus– core vaccine

Canine Adenovirus 2– core vaccine

Parainfluenza Virus– core vaccine

Bordetella bronchiseptica– This vaccine involves squirting a very small amount of fluid into the nose. Normally this is given as one dose at the same time as the general vaccination. It is then repeated annually (or more often if the animal is in a high risk environment such as boarding kennels).


This is given as part of the core vaccine. There are different serovars (strains) of leptospira (e.g. interrogans, canicola, pomona, icterohaemorrhagiae, grippotyphosa). Most general vaccines only cover 2 of these strains. We recommend an additional vaccine (covering 4 strains) for those dogs at a higher risk which include those who frequently go swimming, hiking or who are left in boarding kennels.