In dogs, the diseases that are routinely vaccinated against are:
Parvovirus: causes potentially fatal diarrhoea, especially in pups and dogs under 2 years.
Distemper: causes coughing, diarrhoea and sometimes twitching, seizures, loss of balance and sometimes blindness
Hepatitis: causes vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and possibly even liver failure.
The vaccination against these three diseases is called a C3.
Further protection against the components of Canine Cough is also available; these diseases are spread via infected droplets:
Parainfluenza: a viral disease causing a nasty cough
Bordetella bronchiseptica: bacteria causing a harsh, dry cough and lethargy
A C5 vaccination (including C3 plus Canine Cough components) is the minimum requirement for most boarding kennels and is recommended for dogs mixing frequently with large numbers of dogs (eg Obedience training and Park visits).
Other diseases your veterinarian may advise vaccination against:
Coronavirus: causes severe bloody watery diarrhoea, pain and vomiting, appears very suddenly.
Leptospirosis can cause sudden or long-term illness including fever, sore weakness, vomiting, diarrhoea, kidney failure and death
Vaccination Schedule for Dogs*
|Age (weeks old)||6-8||12-14||16-18||Yearly|
|Vaccination||C3||C4 or C5||C4 or C5||C4 or C5 *booster
OR Triennial C5 (ask your vet)
*Note: The vaccination schedule may differ from dog to dog and your veterinarian will decide the most suitable vaccination schedule for your dog.
Note: One week after the final puppy vaccination your puppy can go outside and socialise with other dogs.