Chocolate labrador retriever dog

Protecting your dog

Vaccinating (also referred to as ‘immunisation’,’ jabs’ or ‘needles’) your puppy is the best way to protect them against some of the common diseases that they may come into contact with.

At Knutsford Veterinary Surgery we recommend vaccinating your new puppy with their primary dog vaccinations from 6 weeks of age with Version Plus DHPPi + L4 with the second vaccination completed 3-4 weeks later, allowing early socialisation. This immunisation course for puppies also offers the most comprehensive cover against Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Distemper.

We follow the most up to date vaccination protocols therefore on an annual vaccination we boost certain components yearly and others every third year, depending on how long immunity lasts to certain parts of the vaccination.

Routine dog vaccinations – Cheshire

The following diseases are routinely vaccinated against:

Canine distemper virus

Canine distemper virus can be seen in different forms, ranging from a mild upper respiratory infection to an extremely severe body-wide infection causing coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhoea which can then progress to severe neurological signs including seizures, in coordination or paralysis.

Canine adenovirus

Canine adenovirus can cause respiratory disease and one strain can cause canine infectious hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) which can lead to problems with blood clotting and liver failure.


Parvovirus can cause a severe gastroenteritis with blood in the dog’s faeces, sadly despite intensive treatment, this can often be fatal, especially in very young puppies.


Parainfluenza is involved in the occurrence of kennel cough, causing respiratory signs such as coughing.


Leptospirosis is a disease which can affect people as well as dogs, in dogs it can cause kidney and liver damage, in the most severe cases this can be fatal. Therefore not only is it important we protect our dogs from this disease but also our owners.

Kennel Cough

Additionally we advise using a vaccine that is given via drops in the nose against bordetella bronchiseptica, this provides local protection against kennel cough which can be caused by bordetella.