IT’S A VET’S LIFE: by Vetsavers of St Thomas’ Road, Spalding
Most people are aware vaccinations are a routine requirement.
Vaccination teaches your pet’s immune system in advance how to recognise and defend against certain diseases, some of which are incurable and can be fatal. So, let me break these down a little.
Canine distemper is an infectious disease and more often than not fatal. Infectious canine hepatitis attacks the liver, kidney and lungs.
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious and persistent disease. Dogs of all ages can become infected, but puppies are particularly susceptible due to their immune systems not being fully developed.
Outbreaks of parvo often still occur and can be fatal. Coronavirus affects dogs of all ages again with puppies being more susceptible. This disease upsets the digestive system and can cause diarrhoea.
Leptospirosis is a condition that can be passed from animals to humans. It is caused by a bacteria which can be picked up from a watercourse and urine of other infected animals.
Parainfluenza is a component of kennel cough. Vets will often recommend vaccinating against bordetella, too. This disease is spread from dog to dog through airbourne droplets
Although we in the UK are a rabies free country, dogs travelling abroad must be vaccinated against the disease. This is required by law.
When to vaccinate
A certain amount of immunity for a young puppy is passed down to them from their mother, but this diminishes quickly.
By vaccinating puppies – ideally at eight weeks old – we can provide them with protection.
The usual schedule for vaccination is two injections done two weeks apart and then 10-14 days after the second injection is given the protection is in place. However, an annual booster injection must be given.
This week’s question comes from a Mr Williams with ‘Bonzo’.
I need to put my dog into kennels for a short period over Christmas but some people have said NOT to get the kennel cough vaccine...surely I should if it’s a kennel condition.
Answer: We hear this a lot.Kennel cough is not a condition found in kennels just because of its name. This is an airborne disease and can be contracted anywhere!
We at Vetsavers always say that if there is a protection against any of the conditions, please take it.
The diseases are not pleasant and can be avoided with the correct vaccinations.