Keeping up to date with vaccinations is vital, to help keep your pet protected against potentially life threatening diseases. At all our surgeries we offer full health checks and vaccinations.

Why does my dog need vaccinations?

Dogs need to have yearly vaccines to keep them protected against deadly diseases.

These diseases are:

  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis

When should I vaccinate my puppy?Beagle puppy playing with ball

Vaccination courses are usually started from 8 weeks of age with further injections required 2 and 4 weeks later. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old for the second vaccination. It is important that puppies do not interact with other, unvaccinated dogs or venture outside where they may have been, until one week after the second vaccination. In some circumstances, the vet may recommend a third parvovirus injection when the puppy is 16 weeks of age or older.

It is important to vaccinate puppies as early as possible so that they can begin to socialise with other dogs.  We do usually recommend not starting the vaccination course until they are fully settled into their new home, normally approximately one week after you pick them up!

Kennel Cough vaccination

Kennel Cough is a very infectious virus that your dogs can catch from other dogs. Despite its name the virus can be caught anywhere, is also airborne and can be transmitted by objects and plants.

Your dog will need to be vaccinated every year to keep up with immunity.   Many kennels and day cares will require vaccination before taking your dog.  Onset of immunity is five days after vaccination so if required for kennels always make sure it is done well in advance.

Rabies vaccination

The rabies vaccine is needed if travelling abroad with your dog. You will need to have it and a pet passport before leaving the country.  The vaccination is repeated every three years if you are continuing to travel. Visit our pet passport page to learn more about going on holiday with your dog.


Do I need to vaccinate my dog every year?

Yes we strongly recommend annual boosters to make sure you dog is protected at all times.  An animal’s immunity against these diseases reduce over time, even if they have had their full initial course. It’s also a good opportunity for us to give your pet a full examination and talk you through any questions or concerns you have about their health. 

Is it normal to get a lump where my dog was vaccinated?

Sometimes animals can have a small lump appear in the skin where we vaccinate dogs. This can just go down over time. However if you’re concerned, please contact us and we can talk you through any questions you have and if necessary, get your dog in to check up on the lump. 

What should I do if my dog has missed their annual booster?

Try and book an appointment as soon as you can. In some situations we may just recommend carrying on your dog’s booster as usual and there are some vaccinations that last longer than a year eg the rabies vaccine. However we may recommend you restart your dog’s vaccination course. This will involve 2 vaccinations a certain time apart.