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vaccinations for dogs

Vaccinating your pet dog means protecting them:

These are the five most common diseases that we recommend vaccinating against:

  1. Canine Parvovirus
  2. Canine Distempter
  3. Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  4. Leptospirosis
  5. Infectious Tracheobronchitis (or "Kennel Cough")

Canine Parvovirus

This highly resistant virus is spread through infected faeces, and can remain in the environment for many months. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, vomiting, and blood stained diarrhoea. Vaccination is the only certain method of preventing this potentially fatal disease, which is most severe in young puppies and elderly dogs.

Canine Distemper

This extremely contagious disease is spread through discharges from the nose and eyes of other dogs. Symptoms can include listlessness, fever, coughing, diarrhoea, and vomiting. At later stages of the disease, convulsions and even paralysis are common. The canine distemper virus attacks many major organs - including the nervous system - and may cause permanent damage, even if your dog recovers.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Canine Hepatitis is transmitted among dogs by contact with secretions such as saliva, infected urine, and faeces, resulting in similar symptoms to those of canine distemper. If left untreated, canine hepatitis can result in liver failure, eye damage, and breathing problems, while the course of the disease can range from mild to fatal.


Dogs infected with this disease can suffer liver and kidney damage, and they'll need a long course of treatment if they're to fully recover.  As if you needed a further reason to get your dog vaccinated, this disease can also be passed on humans.

Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough)

The Kennel Cough vaccination is an optional extra.  It's not part of a standard course, but is recommended for all dog owners nonetheless. Infectious tracheobronchitis is like the canine equivalent of the human common cold. It's a respiratory tract infection that's easily transmitted from one dog to another. 

It results in a dry, hacking cough - hence the name "Kennel Cough". So if your dog's going to come into contact with other dogs, whether it's through obedience training, through the use of boarding kennels, or even through simply playing with other dogs in the park, we strongly recommend that you get them vaccinated.


Rabies is an incurable and fatal viral disease that can affect the central nervous system of almost all mammals, even humans. It's spread through contact with the saliva of infected animals via bites or breaks in the skin. This disease is prevalent throughout many countries across the world. But as it's not currently found in the UK, vaccination isn't a priority.  However, if travelling to certain countries, your dog will need to have this vaccination to ensure they can return home.  For the most up to date information about travelling abroad with your pet, refer to the DEFRA website.

Other Vaccinations

After evaluating your dog's lifestyle and risk factors, your vet may recommend vaccinating against other infectious diseases. For more information, or if you've any questions about any of the above, get in touch today.