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Vaccinate your puppy

Vaccinate your puppy

Vaccinate your puppy to prevent life-threatening diseases

The Australian Veterinary Association has identified these three highly contagious diseases as requiring ‘core’ vaccines:

  1. Canine parvovirus 
  2. Canine adenovirus 
  3. Canine distemper virus

Canine parvovirus (parvo) is highly contagious. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk, but especially puppies whose immature immune systems make them very susceptible. Parvo causes great pain and distress and survival rate for puppies is less than 80%. Parvo is the plague of dog pounds and inmates can be quickly infected by body fluids, faeces and contaminated water. Treatment of this disease is difficult and has an uncertain outcome.

Canine distemper virus is another viral scourge, wreaking havoc on most major organs and then afflicting survivors with secondary bacterial infections. The survival rate is low and on-going health issues may occur to the survivors of distemper.

Canine hepatitis attacks the liver via contaminated faeces and body fluids from infected dogs. Survival from the acute stages of this disease is hampered by ongoing health issues. Other non-core diseases are:

Kennel cough in the form of bordatella bronchiseptica and its viral form, parainfluenza, are more than just an inconvenience. In some cases Kennel Cough can cause death.

The ‘core’ vaccines to protect against Parvo, distemper and hepatitis are referred to as C3. When vaccines used for Kennel cough are included with the C3, then this is referred to as C5.

C3 Vaccination is essential, C5 is recommended

Timetable for ‘core’ plus ‘non-core’ vaccines:

  • 1st ‘core’ vaccination (C3)  – 6 to 8 weeks
  • 2nd ‘core & non-core’ vaccination (C3) or *(C5) – 12 weeks
  • #3rd ‘core’ vaccination (C3) – 16 weeks
  • 1st annual ‘core and/or non-core’ vaccination – 15 months
  • Boosters – as advised by your  veterinarian

*(C5) if you adding the ‘non-core’ Kennel Cough vaccine
# Depending on the type of vaccine used and the prevalence of that disease in your area.

Timetable for ‘non-core’ vaccination – Kennel Cough

Either in the form of C5 with the C3 vaccine or separately, as a nasal vaccine.

Intranasal vaccination may be given as early as 3 weeks of age and immunity generally lasts 12 to 13 months. The advantage is that the local immunity is stimulated right at the site where the natural infection would try to take hold. Note: It’s essential that you discuss the type of vaccination your pup needs on your first visit to the vet.

Do the right thing by your puppy and other dogs in the community—vaccinate for life!

 This is general information only, consult your veterinarian for his/her professional opinion regarding the health care of your dog. See Legal Disclaimer.