Vaccinations protect your puppy from life threatening diseases.
This is one of the most significant steps you can take to ensure your pet has a long and healthy life. It is important to realise that vaccinations have saved countless lives and play a vital role in the battle against infectious diseases. Vaccines do not produce life long protection so regular boosters are necessary to ensure continuous protection.
For the first few weeks of life, puppies are usually protected against disease from the immunity they receive from their mother’s milk. However, this maternal immunity may also neutralise any vaccine given at this time. Gradually, this protection decreases, and the maternal immunity declines to a level too low for the animal to be protected.
This also allows the animal to respond to vaccination and so at this stage it is possible to start the vaccination programme. In high-risk situations vaccines may be given earlier.
Puppies generally receive a course of two vaccinations, with an interval of 3 to 4 weeks between injections. This primary course ensures that your puppies immune system has the best chance of mounting a strong protective response.Roehampton Veterinary Clinic recommends puppy vaccination at 8 weeks and at 12 weeks of age.