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Preventative Healthcare - Dog Vaccinations

Dog Vaccinations

Vaccination of adults and puppies plays a major role in our preventative healthcare and we consider vaccination to be safe and necessary. Having said that, we are also keen to vaccinate only as often as we believe to be necessary.

Routine vaccination provides protection against life-threatening diseases - Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis which may be contracted from the environment or from unvaccinated dogs These diseases still occur, and the heart-breaking fact is that they can so easily be prevented!

Once puppies have had their initial vaccination course (which can start from 8 to 10 weeks of age) it is really important for them to have an annual booster vaccination. It is vital to maintain their immunity as older dogs can still succumb to these killer diseases. There is no evidence that the immunity lasts longer in older dogs. In fact, elderly dogs, like elderly people, are more likely to have a poor immune system so it is best to continue with vaccination, even into old age.

At Abbey Veterinary Group a full health assessment is included in the price of every vaccination appointment. This is always a good opportunity for us to examine your pet for any problems that you may or may not have been aware of. Regular examination can lead to early diagnosis of a condition which gives your pet a better chance of a successful outcome.

In summary, vaccination is a safe, reliable and cost-effective way of giving your pet the best chance of living a long and healthy life.

Infectious Bronchitis (Kennel Cough) is a condition that can result in a harsh cough and bronchitis, caused by a bacteria similar to the one that causes whooping cough in children. It requires a separate intranasal vaccine for protection. Members of the VIP Pet Healthcare Plan will qualify for a discounted price. Your dog may be at risk through attending boarding kennels, dog shows or mixing with other dogs.

Kennel Cough vaccination should ideally be given no later than two weeks prior to kennelling or other anticipated possible exposure to infection.

Abbey Vets Key Points


• All puppies should be vaccinated, and need yearly boosters (we will tailor the boosters to suit your dog’s specific needs and circumstances)

• Elderly dogs still need vaccination

• Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis diseases are still around, and they can kill!

• Most boarding establishments will not take your dog or cat if their vaccinations have lapsed

• Remember kennel cough if your dog is going to kennels, or a dog show, (at least a fortnight before the event)

 You should take the vaccination certificate to the kennels as proof of vaccination

• Rabies vaccinations (and all the necessary tests and documentation) are available for pets destined to travel abroad.

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.