The core dog vaccines protect against the following viruses:
- Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
- Canine Leptospirosis
- Canine Cough
- Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPi)
Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
This potentially fatal virus attacks the intestines of your dog and is contracted by coming into contact with vomit or faeces of an infected dog or fox.
Given the prevalence of foxes in Dublin it is extremely important to protect against Canine Parvovirus given the seriousness of the diseases, and all good vets in Dublin highly recommend it. Over half of unvaccinated dogs who contract CPV will unfortunately die.
In human terms, Leptospirosis is Wheels disease and a very dangerous infection. It is shed in rat’s urine and the bacteria can survive in the environment of mud and puddles for several days. We know our canine companions love to have a jump in the muck and take a drink from puddles when they think we’re not looking, so your favourite local walks do pose a serious threat to your furry friend.
The increased construction activity taking place around us at the moment sees more rats on the move, so we need to pay particular attention to this disease.
Canine Cough, also known as kennel cough, is another infectious disease that we protect your dog against. Vets no longer refer to this disease as kennel cough because we see it regularly in areas where there’s a high concentration of dogs playing and mixing. High contraction zones would include all the great local dog-friendly spots like Deer Park, Cabinteely Park, Killiney Hill, Shanganagh Park etc.
If you want to keep your dog safe while they are playing with other dogs, the correct vaccination for Canine Cough is needed.
Distemper, Hepatitis and Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPi)
These are less common but your vet in Dublin will still recommend you get cover for your dog and we include vaccination cover for all our friendly dog visitors. Thankfully, Distemper, Hepatitis and Canine Parainfluenza Virus have become less of a problem due to the progress of successful vaccination practices and are now almost eradicated.
However, an attempt to reduce vaccinations in Finland about a decade ago saw a re-emergence therefore we still advice our dog owners of its importance.
Our vets view vaccinations as a great time to do a check on your dog’s health and to create a bond both with your pet and you, the pet owner.
Whilst each visit to your vet might only be 1 year for you it is 7 years in your dog’s life and a lot can happen to the little fellow during that time. Our team of vets will also check if worming and parasite protection is correct and advise you on the best course of action and help you put a plan in place if necessary.