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    What vaccinations to give your dog before you go to a kennel?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceThursday 19 May 2011

    Guess there is no need to remind anyone that owning a dog is a great responsibility. If you are considering leaving your dog in the a kennel you should prepare this carefully.

    Vaccinations are vital for both puppies and adult dogs as they teach the immune system to recognise and respond quickly to certain infections before they can cause serious illness. You should always be up-to-date with all vaccinations required for your dog as for some viruses there aren’t any treatments available so prevention is better than cure.

    The main diseases that puppies and adult dogs can be vaccinated against are:

    • Canine distemper (Hard pad)
    • Canine parvovirus
    • Infectious canine hepatitis
    • Leptospirosis
    • Canine parainfluenza virus

    Remember that immunity to these diseases does not last indefinitely so regular boosters are vital to maintain this.

    Once your dog has had its primary course of vaccinations you will be given a vaccination certificate which will have your pet's details on it, the dates the vaccine was given and when the booster is due. This certificate is important if you are putting your dog into boarding kennels or going to training classes. Many of these places will not accept your dog unless you can show this certificate and it is up to date.  A `kennel cough` vaccination is often a requirement of boarding kennels to reduce its spread.

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