Vaccinations – not current – not accepted!
Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Infectious Bronchitis (Kennel Cough) are the major infectious diseases of dogs that can cause death and suffering. Fortunately, a simple vaccination programme can help prevent these diseases. After these initial vaccinations, a dog’s immunity needs to be boosted every 5 years for continuing protection against parvo virus, distemper virus and hepatitis (although this may need to be done more frequently depending on vet recommendations). Leptospirosis and infectious bronchitis should be boosted annually.
Because of the risk of disease, it is important to keep puppies away from public areas such as parks, beaches and footpaths and kennels until they are fully protected by their vaccinations (7 days after their course finishes).
The three vaccinations required to keep your dog safe are as follows:
A highly contagious disease, causing sudden and severe vomiting and diarrhoea. This is most severe in young dogs and can be fatal.
Highly contagious. Symptoms include loss of appetite, runny eyes and nose, vomiting, coughing and/or nervous signs. Treatment is often unsuccessful. Survivors may have permanent nervous damage e.g. seizures or damage to the enamel of their teeth.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
A contagious viral disease which causes severe liver inflammation and death of liver cells. Dogs who survive the acute stage can become chronically infected and have long term liver problems. An affected dog will often develop a blue colouration in it’s eyes.
A severe liver and kidney disease. Fatal in over 50% of cases. Symptoms include high fever, jaundice, vomiting and sore muscles. Dogs that contract this disease are usually found in areas where rats are infected. Humans can catch Leptospirosis from infected dogs or other species. Dogs that come into areas where rats frequent e.g. around fresh waterways, rubbish dumps or visit farms are at greatest risk.
Infectious Canine Bronchitis (Kennel Cough)
The name “Kennel Cough” refers to a group of diseases causing an infectious cough transmitted from dogs to other dogs. A vaccine is available against the most common bacterial cause (a bacteria similar to the one that causes whooping cough in people) and one of the more common viral causes.
These vaccinations are not 100% preventative – vaccinated dogs can still catch kennel cough but are less likely to, and if they do the disease is not likely to be as severe and they are likely to recover quicker.
Without these up to date vaccinations, Southpaws will not accept your animal for boarding to protect both your animal and the other boarders.
A fully vaccinated dog’s booklet should look like this, with all dates later than their leaving date: