Our Vaccination Policy
All dogs coming to our salon are required to have their vaccinations up to date. This will be asked of you at your first appointment and verified against your vaccination card, or directly with your vet. If you are not able to provide us with details to confirm, we will ask you to re-schedule your appointment for when this information is readily available.
Vaccinating is the only way to protect your dog against certain viral diseases that are highly contagious, and can be fatal. Because viruses cause them, there is no cure and treatment can be expensive, distressing for both you and your dog, and not always successful.The major viral diseases in Australia that affect dogs are Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Canine Hepatitis. Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) is another disease that has a viral component.
The good news is that there are new vaccines available that make vaccination even better for your dog and easier for you.Vaccination to prevent these diseases is crucial to your dog's health. Vaccination programs start at 6 - 8 weeks of age, and boosters are given at approximately 4 to 6 week intervals until the puppy is 18 - 20 weeks of age. The reason for these boosters is that the antibodies the puppy got from his mother actually interfere with the vaccine’s effectiveness. Since these maternal antibodies are lost at different ages in different puppies, we need to give boosters to ensure we have protective levels of antibodies in all puppies.
Annual vaccination is recommended to keep antibody levels high throughout life. Vaccination programs will vary with age of first vaccination and the type of vaccine used. Your vet will advise you of their recommended vaccination programs and the most suitable one for your dog.