As a responsible dog owner, you probably visit your vet every year (at least once) for a routine check up and a vaccination booster.
Not only do vaccinations stop the spread of contagious illnesses and diseases, but they offer your dog protection against common bugs.
In a daycare environment, where lots of dogs play in a communal space, it is critical that dogs are healthy to avoid the spread of viral infections. In some instances vaccination can prevent the spread of illnesses, and in other instances they can reduce the intensity of an illness if a dog is infected.
At Doghouse Daycare and Grooming, we require all dogs that attend to have the full C5 vaccination. We request proof of the vaccination before your dog’s first visit, and every year thereafter, as a confirmation that their vaccination is up-to-date. We keep the date of your dogs latest vaccination on file and will remind you when we need to sight a new certificate.
The C5 vaccination protects against five of the most infectious and common canine illnesses (also known as the “Big 5”), which are:
- Distemper: Causes fever, coughing, diarrhoea, vomiting, discharge from eyes and nose and sometimes seizures, loss of balance, blindness. It is a viral illness that is extremely contagious.
- Hepatitis: Causes vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal pain, bleeding around teeth and gums, ocular damage and possibly even liver failure.
- Parvovirus: Causes severe and bloody diarrhoea that can be fatal in dogs under 2 years, lethargy, vomiting and fever.
- Bordetella and Parainfluenza (commonly known as Kennel/Canine Cough): Causes a persistent “honking” cough which may last for weeks and at times can cause a pneumonia, runny nose, low fever lethargy and vomiting.
Whilst each Veterinary Clinic may offer a slightly different vaccination schedule, all dogs require an annual booster as the antibodies to the ‘Big 5” do not reliably last for longer than a 12 month period. In the case of canine cough, just like our human flu vaccination, the vaccine is unable to cover all of the existing strains of the virus and your dog can still unfortunately contract canine cough. However since the dog is vaccinated the symptoms are generally not as severe as if the dog was unvaccinated.
At Doghouse Daycare and Grooming, the welfare of your dog is paramount. We know that a healthy dog is a happy one. And we just love happy dogs!
For information about our Vaccination Policy, please contact us, or speak to the team at reception.