Dog Vaccinations

At Papatoetoe Pet Vets, we recommend that all pets need to be adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a whole. We tailor our vaccination programme for an individual pet based on their risk assessment.

Infectious diseases of dogs that we vaccinate against

Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups. The virus attacks the intestines causing blood stained diarrhoea, uncontrollable vomiting and severe abdominal pain. Dogs often die from severe dehydration despite intensive veterinary care.

It is not necessary to have direct contact with other dogs for the disease to be spread. Outbreaks occur regularly in South Auckland, especially in summer.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that can affect dogs of any age with young puppies being at highest risk.

Symptoms vary but can include fever, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and depression. Muscle tremors, fits and paralysis usually occur later in the disease. Treatment is usually ineffective and the recovery rate very low. Dogs that do recover may have permanent brain damage.

Canine hepatitis is a viral disease which, like distemper is extremely contagious and often fatal. Dogs of any age can become infected. However, severe cases are rare in dogs over two years of age.

Symptoms include high fever, depression, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases, death can occur within 24 to 36 hours. Dogs that recover may develop long term liver and kidney problems and can act as carriers spreading the disease to other dogs for many months.

Canine cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious organisms. It can be easily spread wherever a large number of dogs are in close proximity, such as parks, shows, obedience schools, doggy daycare and boarding kennels.

Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for pet dogs and their owners. Pneumonia can also result from infection.

Canine leptospirosis causes liver and kidney damage and can cause high death rates. It is spread by the urine of rats and is usually transmitted to dogs by contaminated food and water, or by rat bites

Symptoms of Leptospirosis include vomiting, fever, jaundice and muscle pain. This infection can be passed to humans who may then suffer a persisting “flu-like” illness.

Vaccine Regime

This vaccination can be started at six weeks of age and then repeated every 3-4 weeks until the pup is 16 weeks of age. It is repeated a year later and then every three yearly.

This vaccination is started at 12 weeks of age and then repeated at 16 weeks of age. After that, it is done annually.

This vaccination comes in 3 forms: Intra-nasal, oral and as an injection. Injection form needs to be repeated 3-4 weeks later and then annually. Other forms need to be done once followed by yearly vaccination.

Following vaccination, your dog may be off-colour for a day or two or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice

We use text, email and/or letters to send you reminders when boosters are due, so you don't have to worry about remembering.