Dog Vaccinations in Australia: Everything You Need to Know

At Ascot Vet, we consider your pet a beloved part of your family. We know that keeping them healthy and happy is one of your top priorities. A key component of ensuring your dog’s well-being is staying up-to-date with their vaccinations. Here’s everything you need to know about dog vaccinations in Australia, delivered with the same personalised care that defines our clinic.

Why Vaccinate Your Dog?
Vaccinations are crucial for protecting your dog from various infectious and potentially fatal diseases. By vaccinating your dog, you’re not only ensuring their health but also preventing the spread of these diseases to other animals in the community. Common diseases that vaccines protect against include canine parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis and canine cough.

Core vs. Non-Core Vaccinations
In Australia, dog vaccinations are categorised into core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are essential for all dogs and protect against diseases that are widespread, severe, or both. These typically include parvovirus, canine distemper, and canine hepatitis.

Non-core vaccinations are given based on your dog’s lifestyle and the specific risks they face. These can include protection against canine cough, leptospirosis, and coronavirus. At Ascot Vet, we tailor the vaccination schedule to your pet’s specific needs, ensuring they receive the best possible protection.

When to Vaccinate Your Puppy
Puppies receive their first vaccinations around 6-8 weeks of age, with a follow-up dose at 10 weeks of age. A final booster is recommended at 16 weeks of age. This series is important for building their immune system. Adult dogs require regular booster shots, the frequency of which may vary based on the vaccine type and your dog’s overall health and lifestyle.

The Risks of Not Vaccinating
Skipping vaccinations can put your dog at risk of catching and suffering from preventable diseases. Some of these diseases can be extremely costly to treat and can cause long-term health issues or even be fatal.

Is Vaccination Safe?
Vaccinations are very safe. The benefits of vaccinating your dog far outweigh any potential risks. Like any medical treatment, vaccines can occasionally cause side effects, typically minor, such as mild fever, sluggishness, or soreness at the injection site. Severe reactions are rare, and our compassionate team is here to address any concerns you may have.

Visit Ascot Vet for Your Dog’s Vaccinations
We understand that visiting the vet can be stressful for both you and your pet. That’s why we strive to create a comfortable and stress-free experience. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop a customised vaccination plan that suits your dog’s individual needs and lifestyle.

Remember, keeping up with vaccinations is a key part of your commitment to your dog’s health and well-being. Let us help you ensure your pets live a long, healthy life. For more information or to schedule a vaccination appointment, get in touch with our team.

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Why choose us?

At Ascot Vet, we understand that your pet is a cherished member of your family. Our experienced and genuine staff are passionate about providing compassionate and personalised care to every pet who walks through our doors. Our owners are actively involved in the practice, creating an environment focused on the needs of our clients and their pets.

We prioritise transparency and offer a range of treatment options tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop a customised treatment plan that provides the best care possible.

We also understand that a visit to the vet can be stressful. That’s why we go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience for both you and your pet. Whether your pet needs a routine check-up, surgery, or emergency care, you can trust that they are in good hands with our compassionate team.

We look forward to welcoming you and your furry family members to our practice.

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