Vets in Daventry share vital vaccination advice for dog owners

March 7, 2024

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our canine companions is a top priority. In this article, our vets in Daventry are emphasising how vaccination plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and safeguarding the health of dogs everywhere.

So, let’s delve straight into essential information about canine infectious diseases below and our vets’ guidelines on which dog vaccinations are recommended for your four legged friend.

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Why vaccinate your dog

Daventry Vets’ team of experienced vets know that vaccination is a cornerstone of preventive veterinary care, offering numerous benefits for your dog’s health:

  • Disease Prevention: Vaccination helps protect your dog from potentially life-threatening infectious diseases.
  • Community Health: By vaccinating your dog, you contribute to the overall health of the canine community in Daventry and far beyond, helping to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Cost-Effective: Preventing diseases through vaccination is typically more cost-effective than treating illnesses and their complications.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your dog is protected against common infectious diseases provides peace of mind for you as a pet owner.

Common canine infectious diseases and recommended vaccinations:

When our vets in Daventry meet a new puppy or adult dog, they want to help them thrive. This includes talking to their owner about the importance of preventative vaccinations that cover the following diseases:

  • Canine Distemper: A highly contagious viral disease affecting a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. Vaccination against distemper is a core vaccination for all dogs.
  • Canine Parvovirus: A severe and often fatal disease that primarily affects the gastrointestinal tract. Puppies are particularly susceptible, making vaccination essential.
  • Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis): A viral infection that targets the liver, causing severe damage. Vaccination against adenovirus is part of the core vaccination protocol for dogs.
  • Leptospirosis: A bacterial infection that can affect the liver and kidneys that can be found in standing water i.e. puddles, lakes, canals. The vaccine is often recommended, especially for dogs with outdoor exposure or those in regions with a higher risk. Leptospirosis is also a zoonotic disease which means humans can get it too.
  • Canine Parainfluenza: This respiratory virus contributes to kennel cough and is often included in the core vaccines, especially for dogs in group settings.
  • Kennel Cough (Bordetella): Kennel cough is a contagious respiratory disease, particularly common in dogs who spend time in close quarters, such as boarding facilities, doggy day care, or at dog parks. Vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs so you should discuss this with one of our vets – book an appointment.
  • Rabies: Luckily we do not have Rabies in the UK and do not need to routinely vaccinate our dogs. If you are going to travel abroad with your dog it is likely they will need a rabies vaccine, contact us to find out more.

Tailored vaccination plans:

The specific vaccinations your dog requires can depend on various factors, including:

  • Lifestyle: Dogs with active outdoor lifestyles or those frequently in contact with other dogs may require additional vaccinations.
  • Age: Puppies require a series of vaccinations to build immunity, and core vaccination booster shots are necessary throughout their lives.
  • Medical History: Some dogs may have individual health considerations that impact their vaccination needs. Our vets in Daventry will consider your dog’s health history when creating a vaccination plan.
  • Location: Geographic location can influence the prevalence of certain diseases. Discuss your dog’s environment in and around Northamptonshire with our vets to determine the appropriate vaccinations.

Book a Dog Vaccination appointment:

To ensure your dog is protected against common canine infectious diseases, we recommend booking a dog vaccination appointment with our veterinary practice in Daventry. Our experienced team are dedicated to providing personalised care tailored to your dog’s individual needs.

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Titre Testing:

What is it?

Titre testing is when we take a blood sample and the laboratory measures your dogs antibody levels to check for immunity against diseases. It is very good for distemper, parvovirus and canine adenovirus.

Whilst we know how long immunity will last for in most dogs and vaccinate at these intervals, it may last longer in some.

When do we do it?

  • Whilst very rare sometimes just like humans dogs can reactions to vaccines, although this doesn’t mean they will always have reactions. Titre testing allows to see if we can wait longer before repeating some of the vaccines.
  • Some medications or diseases can result in delays for vaccines and we may want to know immunity levels.
  • Some owners would rather test and only vaccinate when immunity drops ( Puppies will always need a primary vaccination course before titre testing and we do not recommend it for leptospirosis as immunity for this is much shorter).

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