Puppy being vaccinated

At Franklin Vets, we recommend you vaccinate your pets to protect them against diseases that would otherwise be contagious and/or fatal. 

Even the best cared for pets are at risk of coming into contact with diseases either directly from other animals or indirectly from the environment e.g. from the air, dust or discharges from animals.

The young are most susceptible to disease. Vaccinations can commence at six weeks of age for puppies, followed by booster vaccinations throughout your pet’s life. Our vets will advise you on which vaccinations are required and the frequency.


Canine Parvovirus
A highly contagious and often fatal viral gastroenteritis that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Parvovirus is most severe in young dogs.

What is a Parvo Antibody Test and why should I do it?

Canine Distemper
A highly contagious and often fatal viral disease with a wide range of symptoms such as loss of appetite, runny eyes and nose, vomiting, coughing and/or nervous symptoms which may be ongoing.

Canine Hepatitis
A viral disease, mainly of younger dogs, affecting the liver, resulting in vomiting, loss of appetite and jaundice.

Canine Cough
A complex highly contagious disease caused by a number of different organisms affecting the respiratory system. A dry harsh cough develops which is seldom fatal but debilitating and can last several weeks.

Canine Leptospirosis
A severe bacterial liver and kidney disease spread in water contaminated by infected animals (commonly rats, sheep & cattle) which is fatal in the majority of cases. Symptoms include fever, jaundice, vomiting and sore muscles. Importantly, this disease can be spread from infected dogs to their owners.

Vaccination Schedule


Puppy & dog vaccination schedule

Canine parvo/distemper/hepatitis vaccination – starting at 6 weeks vaccinations every 3-4 weeks for the puppy until it is 16 weeks old,  then a booster at 1 year then every 3 years.

Leptospirosis – 2 vaccines at 9 and 12 weeks then every year.

Kennel cough – depends on which vaccination you choose. Intranasal – 1 vaccination once a year. Injectable – 2 vaccinations, 4 weeks apart then annually.

Lapsed vaccinations

If regular vaccines in a previously vaccinated dog have lapsed by more than 3 months, it will require two vaccinations with Leptoguard to get back on track, but only one with Vanguard Plus 5.