Puppy Vaccinations, injections & Shots – Vet Advice


The vets at Abbey House Veterinary Group see
700 dogs every week across their three branches in West Yorkshire. If you have a puppy or
new dog one of the most important reasons you’ll visit your vet is for their vaccinations. When puppies are born they are usually protected
from infections by their intake of colustrum – the rich milk provided by their mother during
the first days of their life. However, this protection only lasts a few
weeks so puppies need regular vaccinations from an early age. Vaccinations are something that we recommend
for all puppies. They’re standard vaccinations that vaccinate them against distemper, hepatitis,
parvovirus, which is something that is quite common, parainfluenza and leptospirosis. Most
of those are quite rare luckily at the moment, and that’s because so many dogs are vaccinated.
It’s parvovirus that is the one that’s still out there that we do see quite a bit of. Most
of these are transmitted from dog to dog. So that’s why it’s really important to get
your dog vaccinated. If the number of dogs protected by vaccines
drop – your pet could be at risk of an outbreak of infectious diseases – some of which can
be transmitted to humans. This morning four Great Dane Puppies have been brought in for
their vaccinations. Dyson, please. Right then, so you’ve got four
puppies altogether today, but these are the first two. Who are these? Which one’s which. This is Ronald and Ray. Ray. Who’s a girlie. Right, Ray the girl, we’ll look at you first.
So we’ve got them down as 11 weeks old, is that right? Okay. And I understand you’ve
bred them yourself. So any problems that you’ve noticed in them since you’ve had them? They’ve
been fine. Not yet. Puppies are typically vaccinated at eight
and ten weeks with an initial course of two injections. Your dog should then be given
a booster 12 months after their first vaccination. Have you started them with any flea or worming
treatment? Yeah, they’ve been wormed. They have, and they’re up to date with that
are they? Good. The pups are having their first injections
today. They’ll have a second course in two weeks. And a fortnight after that will be
allowed outside. She might be a little bit quiet tonight, but
that’s just normal after their vaccination, so don’t worry. Right then, you next. Older pets need protecting too as their immunity
can decline, although there’s a growing debate as to how often your dog needs them. Check
with your vet for current advice about inoculations. Good boy. Right then, time for your injection. These four Great Dane puppies come from very
good stock. Their dad Ralph is a World Junior Champion and their uncle played Schmeikel
for a while on Coronation Street. Right then, come on then. Well done, well
done. Good boy Right then, so you can pop them back in the
car and swap them for the other two. It’s also advisable to have your dog vaccinated
against a highly contagious disease called kennel cough. The condition may not be life
threatening but it can be very irritable and uncomfortable for your dog. We do recommend kennel cough vaccination,
especially if your dog is going to come into contact with other dogs. So if it’s going
into kennels, competing in any shows, going to training classes, then it’s the correct
situation for a dog to pick up kennel cough, so we do recommend the kennel cough vaccination.
Because kennel cough is caused by so many different bacteria and viruses, the kennel
cough vaccination in itself is not 100 per cent effective, because it doesn’t cover all
the different causes, but it does rule out most of them. So if your dog is going to be
put in that situation, we’d recommend it vaccinated. Puppies and dogs also need to have regular
flea and worming treatments. The most common internal parasites that infest puppies are
roundworms and tapeworms. Unfortunately there’s no preventative treatment that will stop your
dog from becoming infected but there are a number of effective products that will kill
the parasites. We recommend regular working for all dogs.
Puppies should have been wormed by the breeder before you’ve got them, but it not then go
to your vets and they can provide some worming treatment for you. We recommend all puppies
are wormed every month until six months old, and then dogs every three to four months throughout
the year. Right then, here we go. Most puppies, you see no side effects after
they’ve had their vaccination. We do warn people that they can be a little bit sleepy
that night, so you might just get them home and they just want to curl up and go to sleep.
If that’s the case, don’t worry too much. If you see any vomiting, any diarrhoea, anything
that you wouldn’t expect, then definitely contact your vet, because in really rare circumstances
they can have a slight reaction to the vaccination. Another thing that you can see is something
they do get a small raised lump in the skin where they’ve had the injection. But if you
just massage that daily, then that should go down by the time they come for their second
vaccination. See you later.

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2 Responses

  1. Anya Connolly says:

    How many times did the vet say right then lol

  2. ClassyShows says:

    The vaccines in the baits are recombinant vaccinia-rabies glycoprotein. Recombinant means two viruses are spliced together. So, in addition to the rabies virus, these baits also carry vaccinia, the immunizing agent used in smallpox vaccines. This combination of two viruses is a genetically modified vaccine and it can create some risks.

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