Dog Vaccinations

The standard dog vaccination (DHP) protects against canine distemper, canine hepatitis and parvovirus, all of which can be fatal. There are also options to vaccinate your dog against kennel cough and leptospirosis. 

Vaccination is recommended in order to keep your dog healthy and disease-free.  Vaccination is required in order to check your dog into a kennel or pet boarding facility.

​How does it work?

Your puppy’s initial course of vaccination may vary a little depending on their age and the vaccinations they receive.
When your puppy is vaccinated for the first time, an initial course of three injections, given 3-4 weeks apart is needed. Typically, their first injection is given around 6-8 weeks of age.  


Yearly vaccinations

To maintain immunity, we advise that your dog receive a vaccination booster one year (12 months) after the initial course of vaccinations. After this your dog may be vaccinated for DHP every second year, however, kennel cough and leptospirosis require annual vaccinations to stay up to date.

If vaccinations become too overdue, the vaccination course may need to be started from scratch – so it is important to keep vaccinations up to date!

The standard dog DHP vaccination provides protection against:


Parvovirus (commonly known as 'Parvo') is a highly infectious disease which can be fatal, especially in young dogs. Symptoms include: - Lethargy - Vomiting - Bloody diarrhoea - Severe dehydration - Abdominal pain - Loss of appetite


Canine distemper is a severe, usually fatal, viral disease. Due to the effectivnness of the vaccine, distemper is very rare in New Zealand.

Symptoms include:
- Coughing - Discharge from the eyes and nose - Vomitting - Diarrhoea - Lethargy - Loss of appetite - Nervous signs such as twitching or seizures

Infectious Canine Hepatitis

Symptoms include: - Loss of appetite - Fever - Pale gums - Jaundice (Yellow mucous membranes) - Vomitting - Diarrhoea

Canine Cough and Leptospirosis


Dogs can also be vaccinated against canine cough and Leptospirosis.  This is not included in the standard dog vaccine and requires a separate course of vaccines.  This can be given at the same time as the standard DHP dog vaccine.  Feel free to contact us to discuss if your dog requires these vaccinations. 

More about canine cough ...

Canine cough (also known as Kennel cough) causes a dry persistent cough and is highly contagious between dogs. Most boarding kennels and doggie daycares will require your dog to be vaccinated against canine cough before attending.
We offer either an intranasal or injectable canine cough vaccination. The injectable vaccination requires 2 injections 3-4 weeks apart. This can be done at the same time as the DHP or Leptospirosis vaccination protocols. The intranasal vaccination only needs 1 initial dose (no booster required), and provides immunity within 72 hours. Although it can be useful in time-short situations, most dogs can find the intranasal option more stressful.

Both the intranasal and injectable vaccinations require annual booster vaccinations every 12 months in order to maintain immunity. If the vaccines become too overdue, the initial course will need to be restarted.

More about Leptospirosis ...

Leptospirosis is a infectious disease which can cause fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and jaundice. Leptospirosis can be fatal, and is zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted to humans. Mammals such as rats and livestock can shed the bacteria in their urine, which can then be picked up by dogs. Dogs that spend time near waterways (streams and rivers) and farms are at higher risk.

The initial leptospirosis vaccination requires 2 injections 3-4 weeks apart. Annual booster vaccinations are required to maintain immunity. If the vaccines become too overdue, the initial course will need to be restarted.