Dog Vaccination Services

Our small animal vets can deal with all aspects of the care of your dog, cat or domestic pet.

Why Vaccinate?

Vaccination is vital to protect your animal from a wide range of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases. Prevention is better than cure, and vaccination provides an effective and safe way to ensure your pet is protected.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines stimulate your animal's immune system by effectively mimicking the bugs without causing any of the symptoms of the disease. This means if your pet encounters the disease, it recognizes it and mounts a strong immune response, preventing the disease from establishing. Two vaccinations are needed initially to allow this immune stimulation to occur, but after this it can be boosted by annual vaccination.

When should my dog be vaccinated?

Vaccination should start as soon as possible, as younger animals are more vulnerable to infection and can be more severely affected than older animals. We advise vaccinating your puppy with their first vaccination at 8 weeks old, and their second at 10 weeks. Although it is very tempting to take your new puppy out to show it the world, full immunity does not develop until one week after the second injection.

We have chosen this vaccine as it gives earlier protection than some other vaccines. This allows you to socialize your pup as soon as possible, and may help avoid behavioural problems developing. After your dog has completed the initial course, they must receive an annual booster to insure their immunity remains high. If your dog has missed its booster by more than 2 years, instead of one simple injection, your dog would need a second one 2 weeks later to provide immunity against Leptospirosis.

Which vaccinations should my dog receive?

Your pet should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness or death. Such diseases include Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza. Rabies may also be essential if your dog is traveling abroad - check with the practice at least 6 months before you plan on traveling abroad, and with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA): Click here to find out more on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).

How can these diseases affect my dog?

Canine Parvovirus

Canine Parvovirus is a highly infectious virus spread by infected faeces, that is also very stable in the environment. This means it can be picked up and spread by owners' hands and shoes. Clinical signs include dullness, inappetance, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. Dogs often die from dehydration if not treated quickly enough. Vaccination is the only certain method of preventing this potentially fatal disease, which is most severe in young pups and elderly dogs.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Caused by Canine Adenovirus Type I, this disease is transmitted among dogs by contact with secretions, such as saliva, infected urine or faeces. Clinical signs include loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice and the development of 'Blue eye'.

Canine Distemper

Vaccination against this often fatal, hard-to-treat disease is absolutely essential. Highly contagious, it belongs to the same family as that of measles and is spread by close dog-to-dog contact. Symptoms can include listlessness, fever, coughing, diarrhoea and vomiting; convulsions and paralysis may occur in the disease's final stages. The distemper virus attacks many organs, including the nervous system, which may be permanently damaged, even if the dog recovers. Distemper is most common in 3-6 month old puppies, and can also infect ferrets, which should also be vaccinated against it.


Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease usually spread by infected urine. It can cause liver and kidney failure in infected dogs. Importantly this disease is a zoonosis, which means it can also affect humans causing Weils's disease. In humans it has a wide range of symptoms, from flu-like symptoms to jaundice, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

Parainfluenza Virus

Parainfluenza is one of the viruses implicated in the syndrome known as 'kennel cough', along with the Canine Adenovirus and the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica. Clinical signs will be a dry, hacking cough. Although this condition is not fatal it can cause considerable discomfort and pain for your pet. However, the vaccine does not guarantee your animal will not develop kennel cough as other pathogens can cause this.

Kennel Cough

Although the routine vaccination your dog receives gives some protection against kennel cough, a supplementary intra-nasal vaccine can be given for Bordetella bronchiseptica. Some kennels may insist on this extra vaccination before allowing your dog to board with them.