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The Puppy Diaries - Vaccinations and microchipping

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Puppy vaccinations are very important to help protect from certain diseases, as puppies tend to have weaker immune systems due to their young age. Now that Roxy has been fully vaccinated, she is able to go outside for lovely walks and socialise with other dogs.

Puppies are routinely vaccinated against these deadly diseases:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis

 

Puppy vaccinations at 8, 10 and 12 weeks old

The normal vaccination protocol in puppies at Highcroft involves three vaccinations given at 8, 10 and 12 weeks old, which also includes extra protection against leptospirosis. You may remember there was a big outbreak of Leptospirosis in our area at the beginning of 2015, caused by a new strain of the bacteria (which was not commonly vaccinated against previously).

Roxy had already had her first vaccination when Jenny picked her up from the breeder, so it was just the second and third injections that she needed. The wait between vaccinations always seems to go on forever, however, it was certainly worth the wait for Jenny to ensure Roxy was fully protected.

We also recommend that all puppies are vaccinated against Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough isn’t normally a fatal condition, but it can cause a nasty cough which is very contagious to other dogs.

Microchipping puppies

Roxy was also already microchipped when Jenny got her. As you may know, it is now a legal requirement that all dogs are microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old, and that the microchip details (your name, address and phone number) are kept up-to-date.

In some cases, e.g. in very small puppies, your vet will be able to issue a certificate of exemption so that microchipping can be delayed for a few weeks. Thankfully Roxy was a very brave girl and was able to have hers in time for the age limit!

Find out about our Healthy Start Packages for the most cost effective way of giving your puppy all the protection they need. Alternatively, speak to a member of our team for more information about vaccinating your puppy.

Next time…

We find out about which food Jenny chose to feed Roxy and how to tackle the dreaded toilet training!


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