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Vaccinations and immunity…

One question that we are often asked is ‘are the dogs vaccinations up todate’?

When you adopt a dog from the SPA, unless we tell you otherwise, it will have had its 1st and 2nd ‘CHPPi’ or combination vaccinations as well as its its kennel cough.

So what is in the shot? It’s a combination shot against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and para influenza.

To protect your pet from contagious diseases, you need to keep his essential vaccinations up-to-date by means of an annual booster and the date that this is due can be found on their health card or information sheet which we give you on adoption.

Most boarding kennels and some club canines do insist on the vaccinations being up to date otherwise you can elect to vaccinate or not. As vaccinations have become safer and better customized to each individual dog, it is becoming more common for vets to recommend less frequent vaccinations that are tailored to your dog’s specific needs.

This is a very controversial subject and doesn’t mean just ignoring the vaccine date but means liaising with your vet who can do a blood test to see whether you dog has immunity or not against these diseases.

Personally I choose to vaccinate annually as I am around all sorts of risks at the refuge and wouldn’t forgive myself if I infected my dogs. I have seen some of the nasties so would never leave my dogs unprotected. However,if I wasn’t a volunteer I wouldn’t vaccinate unless necessary but would have the blood test to check immunity levels.

So if you want your dog to have protection against these diseases, vaccinate annually or when they need it. No one, not even your vet can guess how long immunity lasts in each dog so use science to your advantage…a simple blood test is all that it takes.

 

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