Vaccinations are very important

Updated: May 1

Vaccinations are so important for Dogs and Puppies to keep them protected against….


Vaccination is the easiest way to protect your puppy and their whole canine community against these preventable infections for a happy and healthy life.


Parvovirus (Parvo)

“Parvo” is still an on-going issue in New Zealand due to the extremely strong survival of the virus in the environment, lasting up to several months or even years in the right conditions. The disease normally presents with the dog having bloody vomiting and/or diarrhoea, reluctance to eat, dehydration, lethargy and often death.

The virus affects dogs' gastrointestinal tracts and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces (stool) in the environment.


Distemper (Canine Distemper Virus)

This viral disease is a worldwide problem that fortunately is now only sporadic in New Zealand, due to on-going vaccination. It most often leads to signs of fever, lethargy, neurological problems, seizures, lung problems and frequently death. Treatment for the disease is difficult, with our main option being only to provide supportive care.


Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Canine Cough/Kennel Cough)

Traditionally known as “Kennel Cough”, the name “Canine Cough” has been used in recent years to highlight that dogs may pick up and pass on the disease in every-day life, with normal social interaction between dogs. Multiple agents may interact (Canine adenovirus II, Canine parainfluenza virus, Distemper, Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria) to form a disease that is generally characterized by a dry, harsh cough. Frequent retching/gagging up white frothy saliva also occurs, with coughing usually lasting for 2-3 weeks. Most dogs recover without treatment, but young, old or immune-suppressed dogs can go on to develop bronchopneumonia and become very unwell. No vaccine is 100% protective but the intranasal vaccine tends to work faster and more effectively, aiming to reduce the incidence and severity of disease.


Canine Parainfluenza

This virus is a component of the Canine Cough/Kennel Cough disease


Infectious Hepatitis

Caused by Canine Adenovirus, this disease is also very contagious and leads to fevers, liver disease, and reluctance to eat, neurological signs and often death. Still present worldwide, Infectious Hepatitis is no longer common in New Zealand with good compliance to vaccination.


Canine Leptospirosis

This disease is a bacterial infection, capable of affecting most mammals including people. There are several different subtypes that have tendencies to infect particular species, with dogs often being infected by a subtype transmitted by rats, in their urine. For this reason it is more commonly seen in farm dogs or dogs that swim in rivers and lakes. Disease symptoms can vary from mild, unseen clinical signs to multiple organ failure and death. In New Zealand, Canine Leptospirosis has most commonly been observed in the North Island. This disease and its transmission within several species is still a hot topic in Veterinary research.


All of our puppies at Free Range Pooches NZ go home having their first vaccine and thorough health check


Your dog ages seven years to every year of ours. Your dog’s annual vaccination visit is very important and will include a thorough ANNUAL HEALTH CHECK and this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions on your pet’s health that have been concerning you. Any problems discovered at examination you can discuss and attended to ….. before they get out of hand.


Please have a talk to your vet about the best protection for your puppy :-)

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