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West Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital
158 Uriarra Road
Queanbeyan
NSW 2620

Phone:
(02) 6297 5542
Fax:
(02) 6299 3594

 

 

Vaccinations

All dogs need vaccinating and puppies need 3 vaccinations a month apart when young to protect them against the following infectious viral diseases:

  • Parvovirus - a severe form of gastroenteritis, characterised by bleeding and immune system suppression, which may be fatal.
  • Hepatitis - a liver disease which can cause uncontrollable bleeding and may be fatal.
  • Distemper - a gastrointestinal and respiratory disease, with neurological complications, which is difficult to treat and may be fatal.
  • Canine Cough - a highly contagious respiratory infection often transmitted through contact with high numbers of other dogs (eg obedience classes and boarding kennels).

The recommended vaccination protocol is:

  • 1st vaccination             6  weeks
  • 2nd vaccination            10 weeks                     
  • 3rd vaccination             14 weeks
  • Yearly boosters
 

What Diseases?

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Para influenza (canine cough)
  • Bordatella Bronchiseptica (canine cough)

 

Why?

  • To prevent unnecessary suffering and possible death from preventable diseases.

 

Why so frequently when young?

  • Puppies receive some temporary immunity from their mothers through the 1st milk (colostrum).  This protection varies in length depending on the mother’s immunity at the time of their birth.
  • Temporary immunity inactivates a vaccine’s effectiveness.
  • Temporary immunity disappears anywhere from 6 to 14 weeks but mostly at about 12 weeks.
  • Reason for 14 week vaccination - if the mother’s immunity was very high the passive immunity will have cancelled the previous vaccinations.

 

So, repeat vaccinations as puppies are required to ensure active immunity to these diseases at a time when the status of natural immunity is unknown.

 

Depending on the vaccine type, vaccines develop a better immune response when given 2 to 4 weeks apart.  This is where the true meaning of ‘booster’ vaccination comes from – an immune system response is activated by the 1st vaccination and maintains a certain level.  It then recognizes the 2nd and the immunity is ‘boosted’ to a higher level.

 

Vaccinations given

  • C3 – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus.
  • C5 – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Para influenza, Bordatella. (C3 + KC).

 

  • C5 vaccinations should be given to dog who will be around other groups of dogs (whether that be through boarding kennels, obedience training, exhibition or show dogs).

 

Initial routine puppy course

  • 6 - 8wks (C3), 10wks (C5) and 14wks (C5).

 

As an adult dog

  • Three-yearly C3 with the Canine Cough (KC) component given yearly along with a general health check.

 

Vaccines and legislation

Many vaccines are classified as a Schedule S4 drug and therefore can only be administered by a qualified and registered veterinarian.  Only once that veterinarian has thoroughly examined an animal and determined it to be in the appropriate state of good health required, to receive a vaccination, can a vaccine be given.  This leads to the most important part of your pets visit to the vet – a comprehensive health check and clinical examination before receiving their vaccination.

 

Please feel free to ask one of our friendly staff if you have any queries regarding vaccinations.