Vaccination in dogs

We recommend vaccination against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough for dogs.

We vaccinate against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus every three years, and Leptospirosis yearly as recommended by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association).

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

As the name suggests, this virus primarily causes liver damage. It can also damage the kidneys and the eyes. Dogs become infected by close contact with an infected dog or environment. An infected dog can remain infected for up to a year. There is no direct treatment against the virus. The bet way of preventing the disease is vaccination. It is very rare these days as most dogs are vaccinated.


Distemper is a virus (related to measles) that can cause a range of symptoms from mild to fatal. Initially there may be vomiting or diarrhoea or a snuffly nose, it can however cause much more severe neurological signs including fits. Again (like measles) because most animals are vaccinated there is a “herd immunity” so we see very, very few cases nowadays.


Parvovirus causes severe and often fatal bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. It can survive in the environment for a long time, so your dog does not need to directly meet another dog with the virus. Again vaccination means we see a lot less of this horrible disease.

Kennel Cough

This is an infection caused by a combination of bacteria and viruses. It is most commonly spread from infected dogs in kennels – hence the name – but can be caught by contact with other infected dogs. This can be prevented by an intranasal vaccine (into the nose). Some kennels may insist on this vaccination before the dog is allowed in the kennels.