Dog Vaccinations available in Adelaide
Puppies and dogs are advised to have a triennial C5 vaccination programme which provides immunisation against the five diseases D,H,P, Bb & PI2:
- (D) Distemper virus <1% of cases
- (H) Hepatitis <1% of cases
- (P) Parvo virus (accounts for approx 1-10% of cases, depending if an outbreak is current or not
- (Bb) Bordetella brontiseptica bacteria and
- (PI2) ParaInfluenza virus (together with Bordetella is known as Canine cough - or kennel cough - and accounts for upto 98-99% of cases when there is not an out break of Parvo
Puppies receive their first vaccination between 6 and 8 weeks of age and have the DHP or C3 vaccine. Puppies must be kept confined to the house at this stage of their development.
The second puppy vaccination is advised to be given at 10 weeks of age, but in the past was given routinely at 12 weeks of age. The 10 week vaccine is a C5, which is given as two different treatments, one an injection (the C3 DHP component) and the other as a nasal delivery dose (the Bb/PI2 cannie cough component). By having the nasal dose, puppies will rapidly develop their immunity against the canine cough disease and will be able to meet other dogs and puppies and go for walks TWO WEEKS after the vaccination is given.
Previously the canine cough was incorporated into the injection with the DHP and meant immunity wasn't until two weeks AFTER the last 16 week vaccination!
The last puppy vaccination at 16 weeks of age is a repeat of the C3 vaccination and principally bolsters the Parvo immunity setting your puppy up for the triennial vaccination programme.
The current triennial C5 vaccination programme reduces the amount of vaccine given to an individual dog to a minimum over its lifetime - BUT MAXIMISES its immunity against these five diseases. The Canine or Kennel Cough component (Bb/PI2) is given EVERY year, annually as an injection, but the DHP or C3 component is given every three years combined with the Bb/PI2 also in an injection. We will know which vaccine is due to be given and the cost is the same (you do not pay more for the full C5 every 3 years!).