Introduction to Puppy Injections
At PetCare Vets we offer three different vaccination
programs for puppies, but a puppy should not be vaccinated unless it is
absolutely healthy. If you have any doubts at all about your new puppy you
should let us see him at once. If you are happy, your puppy is active, playing,
eating and does not have any diarrhoea or vomiting, then let him settle in at
home for 24-48 hours and observe him.
We are happy to perform initial health check of new puppies
completely free of charge. This also gives us an excellent opportunity to take
some time to discuss and explain the complexities of puppy vaccination programs
of which ours are described below, and may sound a little daunting. It is also
an ideal time for worm treatments, flea prevention, insurance etc to be thought
about & discussed.
If you would like to take advantage of our free health
check scheme and for one of our qualified vets to check your new puppy, then
please call us on the following numbers for an appointment. If you simply have a
matter you are not sure about, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We hope to provide a friendly personal service at an
affordable price whilst maintaining a high standard of surgical and medical
Some Information About Puppy Vaccinations We Think You Should Know About!
In this practice we do not believe that there
is a vaccination course that can be completed before the puppy
reaches 12 weeks of age. We do not believe that a vaccine course
exists that is better that 80% effective when the final injection is
given before the puppy is 12 weeks. We think the chances of any
vaccine failing to give protection when given to the puppy before 12
weeks of age is too high being 20% or more – this means one puppy in
5 will not be protected.
Further details and explanations for this can be found at
our website at
It is our
belief that early finish vaccination courses (that is, those that end before 12
weeks of age - usually at 10 weeks), reflect competition between vaccine
manufacturers rather than protection of puppies’ health.
All three of our courses involve two injections of vaccine
with a minimum gap between them of 3 weeks, the final injection being given no
earlier than 12 weeks of age, and the first injection no younger than 6 weeks
There is not a vaccine that exists that can be guaranteed
to be 100% effective in every animal. Whilst all our programs offer full
protection, each offers improved and better protection, should the puppy be
challenged by active disease particularly at an early age.
We have named our three vaccine programs as
All our programs provide
protection against the main life-threatening diseases. The seven diseases
protected against are:
- Canine Infectious hepatitis
- Two lesser components of kennel cough
- Leptospirosis (causing kidney disease)
- Leptospirosis (causing liver disease - hepatitis)
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