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Vaccinations in Dogs

Our policy is that prevention is better than cure and we recommend routine vaccination for all pets where possible. We aim to use the minimum vaccination needed whilst providing the maximum cover. We regularly review our protocols as new vaccines are developed or when more information becomes available as research is carried out.

When can we start our puppy's vaccinations?

We routinely recommend vaccinating your puppy with a full primary course, which covers a number of diseases: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis. This can be started from 8 weeks old and requires 2 injections, 2 weeks apart (often 8 and 10 weeks of age). It is important that your puppy is healthy and happy , so our vets will give your puppy a full healthcheck before starting the vaccination course.

Earlier vaccinations may have been given by your puppy's breeder, and in certain circumstances depending on breed, environmental risks and health status an alternative individual protocol for your puppy may be discussed with you.

Does my dog need vaccinating once it's had it's 'puppy jabs'?

Yes! The primary vaccination course doesn't give your puppy lifelong protection. A full booster is required after 12 months. The length of immunity for certain diseases then varies: distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus are then only required every 3 years, however parainfluenza and leptospirosis are required annually. This means we still need to see your dog every year and can then vaccinate appropriately. If your dog has previously received a vaccination at Moor Cottage, we will send you a vaccination reminder but it is your responsibility, as the owner, to ensure that your pet is fully vaccinated at all times.

Does my dog need vaccinating against kennel cough?

If your dog is going into kennels, meeting new dogs, going to shows, etc we recommend vaccination at least 1 week prior to going into kennels, and your dog will then have immunity for 12 months. If your dog is high risk or frequently visits kennels, we would recommend an annual vaccination. This is ideally given 2 weeks apart from the routine vaccinations.

Should my dog be vaccinated against Rabies?

The UK is still a rabies-free country. If you are planning to travel with your dog abroad, they will need rabies vaccinations in line with the PETS passport scheme and you will need to check the regulations of the country which you are planning on travelling to. We can help you with finding out what your pet needs, or you can visit the DEFRA website, which has current recommendations and information on travelling with your pet. Go to and visit the 'travelling with your pets' section.