It is always recommended that a veterinary surgeon carries out a general health check on your new puppy within a couple of days of its arrival. This can coincide with the first vaccination.
Puppies require a vaccination course, which can start from 8 weeks of age. Your puppy will need two vaccinations, two weeks apart. We advise that your new puppy is not allowed out until two weeks after the second vaccination. However, your puppy is allowed to go in your own garden for toilet training, and can mix with other fully vaccinated friends and family dogs within their gardens. If you are thinking of attending a puppy party to get your dog familiarised with other dogs, this can be done after the first vaccination, provided that all other puppies are vaccinated to this level.
The puppy vaccination course includes vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus. Your puppy will require a further vaccination for Kennel Cough if you are likely to put it into kennels or are planning on showing your dog. Annual vaccinations are subsequently required to keep up your dog’s immunity.