Health Check and Vaccinations

Due to the length of time that lockdown has now been in force we are having to update our guidelines.  We need to risk assess all animals taht are due vaccinations to try and minimise travel and exposure to our staff.

Pocedure for Puppy Vaccinations:

  • Phone us or e-mail us your details and we will either call you back or e-mail you
  • Once assessed we will book you in for two VIDEO consultations - one with a nurse and one with our vet
  • We will then schedule you an appointment at the surgery for the initial vaccination
  • In order to maximise vaccination efficacy AND to reduce travel we would like to vaccinate puppies at 12 and 16 weeks of age.  We do appreciate that in high risk situations we may need to consider an earlier vaccination.
  • All of the above consultations and actual vaccinations are included in our puppy packs

Please review the rest of our information on puppies and COVID. There is information on socialising and microchipping amongst others.

Information on dog vaccines follows to help understand how and why these disease are transmitted.

The dog vaccinations are called DHP + L, this stands for Distemper, Infectious Hepetitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis:


  • Distemper is a disease caused by a virus which spreads easily between dogs, attacking several different organs in the body – the guts, heart, immune system, lungs, brain and nerves.
  • It causes a wide range of symptoms including a cough, runny eyes and nose, diarrhoea, high temperature, thickened pads, tremors and fits.
  • Vaccination has meant we now rarely see distemper in the UK, but it does still occur in areas with many unvaccinated dogs.
  • The virus spreads in the air, via bodily fluids (such as urine and saliva) and can live in the environment where an infected dog has been. 

Infectious Hepatitis (Adenovirus)

  • Infectious hepatitis is a serious disease also known as ‘Canine Adenovirus’ or ‘Rubarth’s Disease’.
  • It affects the liver, blood vessels, immune system, kidneys, eyes, lungs, and heart causing a range of symptoms.
  • Your dog can catch Infectious Hepatitis from contact with an infected dog, or somewhere an infected dog has been.
  • Infectious Hepatitis spreads in bodily fluids i.e. urine, stools and saliva. 
  • Dogs that survive Infectious Hepatitis are often a risk to other dogs because they shed the virus in their urine for 6-9 months after recovery. The virus can then survive in the environment for months.


  • Parvovirus (Parvo) is a nasty virus that attacks the intestines.
  • Parvovirus causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, and is often deadly if left untreated.
  • Parvo is still common in the UK, with outbreaks more common in areas with lots of dogs. Our PDSA Pet Hospitals see nearly 1,500 cases of Parvo each year.
  • Your dog may have caught Parvovirus by coming into contact with an infected dog, or from something an infected dog has touched i.e. a contaminated dog poo, area of grass, lead, food bowl or bedding. Humans can also transfer the infection from one dog to another via their clothes or hands. Parvovirus can survive in the environment for a whole year, so the risk of infection lasts a long time.
  • Before your puppy has had their vaccinations, ensure they stay as safe as possible by keeping them off the ground/floor in public spaces, away from unvaccinated dogs and use your enclosed  garden for toilet training. 


  • Leptospirosis is a nasty disease caused by bacteria.
  • Leptospirosis spreads via other infected dogs, mice, rats and cows and can also be caught from infected water.
  • Your dog is at higher risk of catching Leptospirosis if they regularly kill rodents, live on a farm or spend a lot of time in water.
  • Leptospirosis can infect people and is commonly known as Weil’s disease.
  • Lepto is a serious, often fatal disease that damages the liver and kidneys. Leptospirosis can also pass to people and make them very poorly.