The three vital diseases annually vaccinated against are:
- Canine Distemper
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis (canine adenovirus type 1)
Each of these diseases is potentially fatal and highly contagious.
Another highly contagious disease, “Kennel Cough” is rarely life threatening, but can be quite distressing for both dog and owner. However, most dogs recover without specific treatment over several days.
Vaccines are now available for:
- Canine parainfluenza virus
- Bordetella bronchiseptica
The new 36 month C3 vaccines are now available.
Puppies should be vaccinated at 6 to 8 weeks of age with booster vaccinations given at 12-14 weeks and 16-18 weeks and then annually throughout their adult life. Some recently developed puppy vaccines (eg Protech) require only the 6-8 week vaccination and one booster at 12-14 weeks.
It is important that your puppy is fully immunized and a two week period from the final vaccination has lapsed before enrolling for training at the Club. A current veterinary vaccination certificate must be produced for all adult dogs.
If you intend to use alternative/natural therapies on your dog, or vaccinate only when the antibody titre levels fall below the recommended level, then a certification from your vet of adequate titre levels must be produced when joining the Club or at annual membership renewal.
Daily, monthly or yearly preventatives are available for Heartworm.
Roundworm, Hookworm and Whipworm – Combined medications to control these worms are available in either monthly (usually include Heartworm) or 3 monthly doses
Medication for tapeworm may be given as required or may be included in “all wormer” medications.
Fleas and Ticks
Various sprays, powders, collars, washes and “spot-on” preparations are available.
It is important when combining flea and tick preventatives that only one anti-cholinesterase product be used at any one time.
- NSDTC Inc requires a minimum C3 (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus vaccination after the age of 12 weeks for all pups less than 12 months old
- All dogs joining or renewing that are 12 months to 3 years of age, must have had at least a C3 vaccination in the preceding 12 months
- Dogs joining or renewing over the age of 3 years who have not had a C3 vaccination in the preceding 12 months must be referred to the Club Vet officer or nominee with their most recent vaccination certificate or letter of exemption from their vet
- As Bordetella and Parainfluenza are not generally life threatening to healthy dogs, these would be optional, but recommended, and owners should be reminded that these will be required if the dog is to be boarded in kennels.
All vaccination certificates must be signed by a registered veterinary surgeon. Homeopathic “vaccinations” will not be accepted.