As your puppy grows, their immune system develops. Whilst that is happening, they are susceptible to a number of infectious diseases such as Canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis. Puppy vaccines help protect against these diseases, keeping them healthy. So if you’re a new puppy owner trying to navigate the minefield that is puppy care, read on to understand what you need to do, plus tips for other vaccinations you might want to explore.
What vaccinations does your Puppy need?
Puppy vaccines fall into two categories: core vaccines and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are required by law and every doggie should get them on time. If you’re a parent to a rescue pooch, chances are your rescue centre have already sorted all the vaccinations so check with them first. A reputable breeder, or rescue home should have started the first set of injections for any puppy and may even have completed the full course.
Outside of the required vaccines, if you’re looking to travel abroad with your four-legged friend, you will need to get a rabies vaccination as well as show your dog is up to date on booster vaccinations. Or if you’re leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel you’ll want to protect them against Kennel Cough. Whilst Kennel Cough is typically mild, it can cause lots of discomfort for your dog, so we’d recommend keeping them protected. Thankfully the majority of boarding kennels now will not accept dogs who haven’t had their vaccination.
So how much do vaccinations cost?
Check with your local vet as prices will vary but you should expect to pay between £40-90 for your puppies two sets of injections, and annual boosters typically cost between £25-60, as it’s just the one injection. If you are looking to get additional vaccines at the same time e.g. Rabies or Kennel Cough vaccines, you may get a further discount.
When should you get your vaccinations?
The first set of puppy vaccinations are carried out between 6-8 weeks, with the second set of injections given to your puppy at 10-12 weeks old. Until your puppy is fully vaccinated, they are susceptible to infectious diseases so it’s important to keep them indoors and away from other dogs who haven’t been fully vaccinated. Don’t worry you can still start the socialisation process with people and dogs who are fully vaccinated visiting you at your home.
After the last set of puppy injections, we’d recommend waiting for up to 2 weeks before letting them out to brave the new world, so that your pup is fully protected. Speak to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.
Puppy vaccinations do not offer lifelong immunity so your dog will need regular boosters throughout his or her life to stay protected. Your lovely vet will typically send you a reminder when they are due.