At Whitstable Bay Vets we strongly recommend that your dog is vaccinated when young, with ongoing immunity then provided by annual booster vaccination. Sadly, just as is the case for us humans, there are a number of highly infectious (and potentially fatal) diseases that can affect your pet. Some have no effective treatment, but the good news is that you can provide protection with vaccination and regular annual boosters.

First vaccinations are given when your puppy is 8-9 weeks old, with a second dose then given between 10-12 weeks. Vaccinations protect against:

Canine hepatitis



Canine distemper virus

Until the course of vaccination has been completed, we do recommend that you keep your pet away from other animals where possible, in order to minimise the risk of infection.

The vaccination regime at Whitstable Bay Vets is carefully tailored to avoid over-vaccination, but if you do have concerns about this, then please feel free to discuss this with our vets. We also offer antibody titre testing (a blood test) to determine your pet’s level of immunity to some of the above diseases, and then decide on a vaccination regime based on the results.

If you are planning to use kennels in the future, you will need to provide vaccination certificates with evidence of up to date boosters, so please do remember to keep your records in a safe place!