At Killarney Vale Veterinary Clinic we recommend that your puppy receives a series of three vaccinations at 6, 12 and 16 weeks of age and that adult dogs receive a three yearly booster for Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus, as well as a yearly booster for Kennel (Canine) Cough.
Puppies require a series of vaccinations to ensure that they remain protected during their first year as they are particularly prone to infectious diseases because their immune system is not yet mature, and it is more difficult for them to fight infection.
Their mother’s milk offers some immunity for their first few weeks but this can reduce the length of protection they gain from their vaccinations which makes it particularly important to ensure that your new puppy has the full course of vaccinations.
Adult dogs also require regular vaccinations to maintain their immunity against infectious disease. The immunity gained from their puppy vaccination program wears off with time allowing your dog to become susceptible to infection again, so regular booster vaccinations are important to effectively protect your dog from infectious diseases.