There are a number of different vaccines available for dogs; your vet will select the one that best suits your pet. Here is a brief description of the diseases against which dogs can be vaccinated.

• Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that causes severe illness with fever, coughing, seizures and eventually death.
• Hepatitis affects the liver and causes fever, diarrhoea thirst or even death. Fortunately, it is not very common.
• Parvovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea that can lead to dehydration and in many cases death. It is most common in puppies.
• Leptospirosis can affect many different species of animals including man. The symptoms can include high fever, vomiting, jaundice and bloody urine.

Puppies should be vaccinated when they are around six weeks of age and a series of three or four vaccinations is needed. An annual booster vaccination is recommended for adult dogs to ensure that the immunity is maintained
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