There are several routines for making sure that your new puppy is protected against the four core diseases which are: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvo Virus (DHLP). Puppyhood is a particularly risky time, because it is now that the maternal protection wears off and the puppy has no defence against infection until the vaccination course has been completed.
The natural antibodies passed on to the puppy from the mother wear off at different ages in different puppies. There is no way of determining this for each individual puppy and the presence of maternal antibodies in the puppy interfere with the effectiveness of the immune response to the vaccination.
At Clerkenwell Animal Hospital, we use Vanguard 7 (this includes vaccination against canine parainfluenza as well as DHLP). The manufacturers data sheet recommends puppies are vaccinated at 8 weeks and then again at 10 weeks. We also recommend that all puppies are also vaccinated against Kennel Cough at 10 weeks old, our vets can discuss this with you when you bring your puppy in.
Puppies can go out to the park and meet other dogs a week after their 2nd vaccination as socialisation between the ages of 6-12 weeks is critically important for the lifetime well being of the puppy.
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