Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age onwards with a second innoculation 2-4 weeks later. The core vaccine protects against Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. To maintain lifelong immunity a booster is required every 12 months. Since the increased incidence of parvovirus in Hawick, we also recommend an additional parvovirus vaccine when the puppy is more than 16weeks old to ensure maximum protection until their first booster.
We would advise waiting 7-14 days after the second vaccination before taking your puppy or dog out for walks.
Kennel cough (or infectious canine tracheitis) is a very contagious disease of the respiratory system. Kennel cough vaccination is often required if your animal is going into boarding kennels. However, despite the deceiving name, kennel cough can be transmitted anywhere that dogs mix. Vaccination will not always completely prevent your dog from catching kennel cough but the symptoms tend to be milder and recovery is swifter. We offer a discount to dogs receiving the kennel cough vaccine along with their vaccine course or booster.
Rabies vaccination is only required for those animal travelling abroad under the Pet Passport scheme. The vaccine we use is licensed for 3 years but if you are spending more than 3 months in a country please check local regulations.
The primary vaccinations for puppies helps to overcome the remaining anti-body protection that they still have from their mothers and ensures reliable protection at an early age. The first vaccination is usually given at 8 weeks old, followed by a second two to four weeks later (no earlier than 10 weeks old), allowing for an early socialisation programme. At the second vaccination appointment we will provide you with your certificate of vaccination.
Hawick Veterinary Practice recommends that yearly boosters are obtained to ensure immunisation is up to date.
The team here at Hawick Veterinary Practice can provide the following vaccinations for your dog:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Herpes vaccination
- Kennel Cough
A full health check is booked for every dog that is having a vaccination to ensure that they are in good health before giving the injection.