Niddrie Veterinary Clinic

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Dog Vaccination

Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.

Puppy Vaccination

Our puppy schedule is vaccination at 6-8 weeks then a follow-up vaccination at 10-12 weeks.
If your pup has already had a vaccine elsewhere, the 10-12 week vaccine may be sufficient but there may be an extra vaccine needed to complete the cover.
The vaccine that we used is guaranteed by the manufacturer to provide cover for the following 12 months*, to the extent that they will help with any bills in the event the vaccine fails.

Pups are generally able to go walking in parks and socialise with unknown dogs one week after vaccination.

Adult Dog Vaccination

Annual visits are recommended, but dogs' vaccinations have changed- we now have the ability to give the DHP component (see below) every three years from the 15 month booster, rather than every year. Whilst your dog still needs an annual Kc vaccine and their annual health check, this means a reduction in vaccine use for your pet.

After Vaccination Care

Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Confused? Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet puppy or dog.


Canine Parvovirus (P)

Canine parvovirus is a disease that affects dogs of all ages but is most serious in young pups and older dogs. The virus attacks the intestines causing bloodstained 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. The virus is so persistent that the infected dog’s environment needs to be cleaned with a potent disinfectant to prevent spread to other dogs. Outbreaks occur regularly throughout Australia, especially in summer.

Canine Distemper (D)

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 (H)

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 (KC)

Canine cough is a condition produced by several highly infectious diseases, which can be easily spread wherever dogs congregate, such as parks, shows, obedience schools and boarding kennels. Among the infectious agents associated with canine cough is the bacterium known as Bordetella bronchiseptica and the canine viruses parainfluenza, adenovirus type 2 and distemper.

Affected dogs have a dry hacking cough which can persist for several weeks. It is distressing for pet dogs and their owners. It is a major problem for working and sporting dogs. Pneumonia can also be a consequence of infection. the vaccine confers a level of protection and reduces both signs and transmission of the disease.


*For Distemper, Parvoivirus, and Hepatitis only.