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Dog Booster Vaccinations

This page provides you with basic information about what vaccinations your dog needs and when. If you would like to read in more detail about this subject and Ashwood's policy on vaccination, please check out our article heregoldenretrieverdog

    1. What vaccinations does my puppy need?

Your puppy requires two injections two to five weeks apart, with the first being given no earlier than 7 weeks' old and the second no earlier than 10 weeks' old. The total cost for both of these injections is £44. We also recommend that you vaccinate your puppy against Kennel Cough, which can be included in the initial vaccination course for a discounted price of £20. You can get all these vaccinations and much more in our Essential Puppy Pack for only £50.

    1. Does my dog need a booster every year?

The simple answer is yes. At Ashwood we have seen a number of dogs get serious preventable diseases because their boosters have lapsed. If your dog has gone much longer than a year without having a booster vaccination, they may need to restart the course. You can discuss this with your vet whenever you bring your dog in for a consultation.

    1. Does my dog need to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough?

Although Kennel Cough vaccination is not compulsory, most of our customers ask for it and we would recommend it as part of our routine vaccination protocol for all dogs who are in contact with other dogs or are walked where other dogs are walked e.g. Moat Park, Comber Greenway. Contrary to what its name might suggest, Kennel Cough can occur in dogs who have never been in kennels, and we have seen a number of cases recently in the practice. If you are planning to put your dog into kennels or doggy day care, vaccination against Kennel Cough is compulsory.

    1. Can my dog get Kennel Cough even if they've been vaccinated?

It is true that dogs may still get Kennel Cough even if they have been vaccinated against it, as the vaccine is not 100% protective. However, the duration and severity of the illness will be much less in vaccinated dogs, and your pet is less likely to develop complications, which may otherwise be fatal.

    1. How much does an annual booster vaccination cost?

We currently charge £52 for a booster vaccination, which includes the Kennel Cough vaccine. If you would rather not get the Kennel Cough vaccine, the cost is £32. This price includes a full veterinary clinical examination, advice on your pet's health and life-stage, and time for you to discuss any concerns that you may have.

    1. What diseases does the vaccination protect against?

Vaccination protects against leptospirosis, infectious hepatitis, distemper, parvovirus, and Kennel Cough.

  1. Do I need to book an appointment?

It is best to book an appointment so that you aren't kept waiting. You can do this by phoning Kelly on 02890 419374 or e-mailing us at  and letting us know a time that suits you.