By having your pet vaccinated, you are not only preventing your own animal from getting diseases. You are also reducing the chances of other animals becoming sick and the risks of diseases being transmitted from animals to humans. Effective vaccination programs can even completely eliminate diseases.
vaccinations | protection
Protecting your animals and those of others
vaccinations| how often
An animal cannot have too many protective antibodies. Therefore, there is no objection to re-vaccination or boosters, even though your pet may still be protected. As an option, we can use so-called titre blood tests to determine the number of antibodies so we can vaccinate your animal accordingly.
Especially in the first phases of life (as well as later) it is important for dogs to periodically have certain vaccinations repeated.
vaccinations | disease prevention
With only the current vaccinations, your animal is not always sufficiently protected on holiday. Ensure good fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and sandflies prevention to prevent diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Leishmania and Heartworm.
An animal cannot have too many protective antibodies. That is why there is nothing against repeating or boosting vaccinations, even if your pet is still protected. If desired, we can determine by means of a so-called titer determination how much of your animal still has antibodies and vaccinate accordingly.
Especially in the first phase of life (but also later) it is important for dogs to repeat certain vaccinations periodically.
vaccinaties | pups
Although a puppy absorbs antibodies from breast milk, this protection already declines in the first few months. We therefore err on the side of caution and recommend that puppies are vaccinated at 6, 9 and 12 weeks with a vaccine which is proven to take over from maternal immunity.
Titration can determine the moment at which passive maternal protection is very low or expired. Subsequent vaccination needs some time to develop the production of antibodies. Your puppy could have very little protection during this period. We want to avoid this situation.
vaccinations | 1 year and beyond
1 year and beyond
Generally speaking, dogs will receive a combination vaccine again around the time of their first birthday. This also includes the leptospirosis and the kennel cough vaccine as an option. Adult dogs should be re-vaccinated against these latter diseases every year; animals are protected against other diseases for at least 3 years after being vaccinated.
To see if vaccination is needed again after 3 years, you can have the aforementioned titre determination done at about the fourth year. Depending on the results, we will discuss what steps to take next together with you.
vaccinations | practical information
For a titre test, it is best to book an appointment so that we can take a small amount of blood from your animal. As the test results take too long for you to wait at that time, we perform these on a fixed day of the week and we will contact you to discuss the results and any recommended vaccinations with you later.