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The Importance of Vaccination

Holidays can be a really difficult time for dog owners. Do we take them with us or do we leave them somewhere in the care of others....

If you choose to leave them in a boarding kennels they must have up to date vaccinations, including one against infectious tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough). If you choose to bring your dog to the Bed & Biscuit Kennels you will be asked to bring evidence of the vaccinations. This should set your mind at rest, knowing that every dog in the facility is fully innoculated.

You may ask why we feel this is so important. Puppies and dogs are at risk from a number of diseases that can result in permanent health damage or even death. However vaccination and regular boosters can prevent these diseases and that is why we believe vaccination is so important and that we ask for evidence of it.

The first vaccination is usually given in 2 doses, the first dose at 6-10 weeks and the 2nd dose about 2-4 weeks later. It is now possible that a puppy has finished its vaccination course at 10 weeks allowing your puppy to be socialised earlier. We do accept puppies at the Bed & Biscuit but only after they have completed their vaccinations.

It is essential that yearly boosters are given to maintain good immunity.

Many of us have no idea what the vaccinations are for and what infection would mean for our dog so I thought it would be good to give you a basic overview. The vaccinations protect against:

  • DISTEMPER: This is most common in puppies but can affect dogs of all ages.  The signs include runny eyes and nose and sometimes fits.  Distemper usually results in death, but even if dogs survive they may be left with permanent brain damage.
  • PARVOVIRUS:  Parvo is a horrible disease that is characterised by severe vomiting and blood stained diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and death.
  • LEPTOSPIROSIS:  This is a disease that can affect humans.  Dogs with this disease can suffer liver and kidney damage and will need a long period of treatment if they are to fully recover.
  • INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS:  This is commonly known as kennel cough.  It is highly infectious and spreads easily when dogs are in close contact.  Symptoms include a harsh, hacking cough that is distressing for the dog and often the owner.
  • PARAINFLUENZA:  This is a milder respiratory disease that can cause sneezing, coughing and runny eyes.
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