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Why Do I need Vaccinations?

Mum said the other day ‘Come on Parker time to go see Aunty Edith for your vaccinations and check-up.’

Vaccinations? Check up? What why what’s wrong with me!!! What’s going on???

Like I mean I do love seeing Aunty Edith and the lovely ladies behind the counter at Cambridge Vets, cos they give me treats, but why do I need to go.

Well, there are some nasty diseases around that us dogs can catch and by having vaccinations right from when we are baby puppies it keeps us safe. Also having a yearly checkup too it safeguards us from anything that might pop up. I also had my weight checked and I’m a good weight which mum was happy with.

So, what do the vaccinations cover?

Canine parvovirus: Canine parvovirus (viral diarrhoea) is a highly contagious and often fatal disease which causes sudden bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. The loose, watery stool of an infected dog contains millions of viral particles, so the disease spreads easily via the environment. The loss of fluids in puppies causes severe disease and can often be fatal.

Canine Distemper: Infection with canine distemper virus (CDV) is usually severe and can result in death. Common signs are fever, respiratory disease with coughing, nervous symptoms such as muscular twitches or seizures, and gastrointestinal effects such as vomiting and diarrhoea.

Canine Hepatitis: Infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) may cause a serious or even fatal disease and is caused by canine adenovirus type 1. The hepatitis virus causes a variety of symptoms including fever, signs of liver disease, inflammation, clouding of the eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, and coma.

Canine Respiratory Disease/Canine Cough/Kennel Cough: This can cause severe coughing, is highly contagious and is transmitted through coming into contact with secretions from an infected dog. Dogs that go to boarding kennels/day-cares, shelters, pet shops and veterinary clinics are at higher risk, but also those that go to grooming shops, dog shows and dog parks.

Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira bacteria and can affect dogs of any age, damaging the kidneys, liver, and other organ systems. Leptospirosis can also be transmitted to people. This is generally spread by rats.

That’s quite a few nasty things and I’m pleased I have my vaccinations to safeguard me from them. I don’t have to have all of them every year. The ones I need every year are the Lepto and KC vaccination and the Parvo/distemper/hepatitis is every three years. This year I just needed my Lepto and KC vaccinations.

Lepto Vaccination Kennel Cough

So, what else happens at my check-up? Well, I have my teefs checked, they are looking good except I do have a little bit of build-up on my back ones, mum might need to start brushing them!!

Checking my teefs

My eyes and ears are checked, and they are looking good, I have my heart listened to and all good there no irregularities which is great. My legs are extended and felt over, ooop and my spare wheels at the back! All looking good 😊

Having my heart checked

Before I knew it, it was all over, and I was all ready to head home. Thank you, Aunty Edith, for taking such good care of me and making sure I’m all nice and healthy and thank you for the yummy treats.

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