Vaccinations are given to your dog to provide immunity against infectious diseases that can be potentially life threatening. Your puppy’s first vaccination will usually be when they are 6 to 8 weeks old, with a second dose 7 to 14 days later. Your puppy will not be fully immune until about two weeks after the second vaccination.
After your puppy’s initial set of treatments, annual booster vaccinations are advised to maintain your dog’s immunity.
A puppy will have some immunity from its mother’s milk, assuming she has been given the necessary vaccinations. But the immunity lasts only a few weeks, so puppies need regular immunisations to stay healthy.
It is recommended that your puppy is vaccinated for:
The cost of puppy injections and subsequent boosters can sometimes be covered by your pet insurance
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine distemper
- Canine hepatitis
Some of these diseases have not been completely eradicated from the UK and these can cause devastating symptoms and even death in a dog that contracts them.
A regular rabies injection is not currently required within the UK unless you are going to be travelling with your dog abroad.
Some injections will offer your dog immunity for a long period and may need renewing on a three-yearly basis, while others don’t last as long and could require an annual booster. Your vet will be able to advise of the proper vaccination schedule you will need to follow for your dog.
The cost of puppy injections will vary depending on the area you are in, but the approximate cost of the first injection series for your puppy will be around £30 to £60.
Annual boosters or tri-annual boosters and other treatments for kennel cough etc. may also be required and your vet will be able to advise on which of these will be needed for your puppy.
The cost of puppy injections and subsequent boosters can sometimes be covered by your pet insurance. Insurers can often cover part or all of the cost of puppy immunisations so it is worth checking the terms of the coverage when you compare pet insurance policies.