Schedule For Puppy/Dog Vaccinations and Costs (UK Pets Only)

Rabies has been eliminated in the United Kingdom but there are still several illnesses and diseases that your puppy or dog can catch.

Vaccines provide immunisation but they need to be administered within a certain time frame to ensure your pet builds a successful immunity.

Puppy vaccinations not only protect your pet but also other animals that your pet comes into contact with.

You should avoid taking your pet outside to a public place until it has received all the primary vaccinations. Also, avoid introducing your pet to other potentially unvaccinated animals until it has been fully vaccinated itself.

On this page we’ll provide a puppy vaccination schedule and publish a researched price guide, this is perfect if you’re budgeting for your first pet.

Puppy

A rather cute Miniature Schnauzer.

How Puppy Treatments Work

A small minute amount of safe deactivated microorganisms that in their live state would cause an illness or disease are given by injection or nasal drops to the pet.

You pet’s natural defences then kick in and produce antibodies which remain and provide long-term immunity.

Booster vaccines should be given periodically to ensure enough antibodies remain.

Schedule

The first vaccination is administered by injection and protects the puppy against the most common illnesses, including:

  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

This injection should be administered at around 6 – 8 weeks of age.

The second puppy vaccination is usually given between 3 to 4 weeks after the first.

Booster vaccines are normally given every 2 – 3 years throughout your dog’s life.

Additional Vaccines

While rabies has been eliminated in the UK, you’ll need to vaccinate your pet before taking it abroad.

Rabies vaccinations are part of the process if you want to apply for a pet passport.

Kennel Cough is an infection that spreads from dog to dog and is commonly found in pets that are kept in communal kennels.

You can protect your pet against this cough by instructing a vet to immunise it via a nasal droplet.

Not every dog will require this vaccine, it’s up to you to decide if your pet is at risk, so consider:

  • if your pet will be kennelled regularly
  • if it will be in contact with lots of other dogs frequently, perhaps you’ll be using a professional dog walker etc.
  • if your pet will be taken to show trials and competitions etc.

Coronavirus is an illness that can cause great distress to any pet dog but while an immunisation is available, it isn’t considered a “core” vaccine.

You should ask your vet about Coronavirus and whether they feel it should be included in your puppy’s vaccination schedule.

This article contains a ton of information about Coronavirus.

Average Puppy Vaccination Cost

Below is our price guide for puppy vaccinations in the UK.

We last updated these figures in Autumn 2017 and they’re sourced from 12 veterinary practices in various locations in the United Kingdom:

Project:Price:
1st and 2nd Vaccination£59
Kennel Cough Vaccine£33
Dog Annual Booster£39
Puppy Health Check (recommended for newly homed puppies) £26
Dog Pet Passport (inc microchip, rabies jab and document)£128
Microchip (standalone)£21

Don’t forget that the prices above are an average cost, how much you’ll pay will depend on your location.

Neutering, worming and flea treatment costs are not included above.

When Can a Dog/Puppy be Taken Outside to Socialise After Vaccinations?

As a general rule of thumb, your puppy will be immune to most of the diseases within 24 hours after the second injection and should be fully immune 2 weeks after it.

The reason for the delay is Leptospirosis, the immunisation for this disease takes between 7 and 14 days, depending on the type of vaccine used.

You can take your dog out sooner but you should avoid areas where lots of other dogs are walked and definitely steer clear of dog faeces which potentially contain diseases.

Further Reading

These websites contain reliable information and are an excellent resource:

RSPCA guide to puppy vaccines

The Kennel Club vaccine information

Puppy vaccination Vs socialisation by Stan Rawlinson

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