What puppy owners needs to know about vaccinations including prices and timings

A huge puppy boom took place during the coronavirus pandemic as Brits spent more time at home.

Repeated lockdowns over the last year led many people to decide to get a dog for the first time.

But there is a lot to learn about getting a new puppy – especially when it comes to vaccinations, according to 'TeamDogs'.

This includes questions about when they should receive their vaccine and what diseases they protect a pooch against.

The record number of puppies, bought at a time when there has been reduced access to regular veterinary services, has led to some being left at risk of contracting serious diseases.

Charity Guide Dogs is now urging new puppy owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated at the right time.

Here is a guide to everything a new owner needs to know.

When does my puppy need to be vaccinated?

Puppies are typically vaccinated from the age of six-weeks-old.

Initially, there will be several injections that are required, with a second dose two to four weeks later.

These are then followed by booster jabs.

Until your dog is fully vaccinated, you should keep them inside and away from public outside spaces to avoid them picking anything up from other dogs.

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What diseases do they protect against?

The vaccinations protect puppies from a number of diseases, which include:

•Canine distemper

•Canine parvovirus

•Kennel cough

•Leptospirosis

•Parainfluenza

How much do they cost?

The first set of jabs typically cost between £30 and £60.

You’ll then have the cost of the boosters after this, although these are generally cheaper.

But the injections cost far less than the treatment that may be required if your dog was to become unwell.

Sarah Miller, head of canine health and wellbeing at Guide Dogs, said: “Until a puppy has developed protection from these diseases, which is a couple of weeks after the second puppy injection, owners need to be extremely careful of where they allow the puppy to visit.

“It’s important to ensure that they do not come into contact with other dogs or environments which may pose a risk to them – particularly important as the world starts to open up again.”

The charity's immediate advice for new and future puppy owners is to discuss your dog’s vaccination regime with a veterinary surgeon as soon as you welcome a new dog into your home.

She added: “A veterinary surgeon will be able to advise on a suitable vaccination regime for your individual puppy and also provide information on how to safely socialise him or her during the early weeks before they have gained full protection.

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“Your veterinary surgeon will also take into account the prevalence of these diseases in your local area which is why speaking to your local veterinary surgeon is so imperative.”

Talking about the Guide Dogs vaccination programme, she said: “We ensure that all of our dogs are fully vaccinated against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza, which are all a threat to the life, health and welfare of dogs.

“The vaccination regime we follow normally requires two injections a few weeks apart, which takes place by the time the puppy is 16 weeks of age, and this is followed by an annual booster vaccination for the remainder of the dog’s life.”

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