You need to make sure that your canine companion has been vaccinated and that you get a vaccination card/record from your vet, dog breeder or animal shelter.
Canine vaccines protect your dog from some of the most common and contagious dog illnesses, including Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Rabies.
|Distemper||An airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.|
|Hepatitis||A viral disease of the liver.|
|Leptospirosis||A bacterial disease of the urinary tract.|
|Parvovirus||A viral disease of the intestines.|
|Rabies||A viral disease fatal to humans and other animals.|
|Corona||A viral disease of the intestines.|
|Bordatella||A bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system, also called kennel cough.|
South African vaccination schedule for puppies (6 weeks to 1 year)
|6-8 weeks||1st puppy shot (DHPP) + Corona|
|11-12 weeks||2nd puppy shot (DHPP) + Corona|
|15-16 weeks||3rd puppy shot (DHPP) + Corona|
|over 4 months||Rabies (repeat 1 year later)|
South African vaccination schedule for adult dogs
|Rabies||Annually to Biannually depending on region.|
|Bordatella (Kennel Cough)||Annually when going to Kennels|
Additional South African vaccines
- There are additional puppy shots that your vet may recommend. These include vaccinations for Bordatella (Kennel Cough) and Leptospirosis.
- Whether or not your pup needs these particular puppy shots will depend on variables, such as what area you live in, and whether or not he/she will be spending a lot of time at puppy day care, etc.
- Some dog kennels will not accept dogs into their care without current, up-to-date vaccination certificates.
- Some breeds are particularly vulnerable to Canine Parvovirus and should have a 4th Parvo vaccination to improve protection. This is usually given at around 16 weeks of age.