There are a number of common infectious diseases that dogs are susceptible to throughout their entire life. Some of these diseases are life threatening and young puppies are particularly vulnerable, so It is vitally important that your puppy is vaccinated against them at a young age. Further vaccination is essential to ensure that your puppy continues to be healthy and happy throughout its entire life.

Some vaccination may have been carried out prior to you receiving your puppy and if this is the case the breeder should have provided you with a record of this from their own veterinary surgeon. If in any doubt discuss this with your own veterinary surgeon.

At Smacom Labradors we generally arrange the first vaccination at six weeks, the second being due at ten weeks.  We will obviously discuss this at the time of viewing and records are supplied if you purchase a pup from us.
First vaccinations

Your puppy can receive its first vaccination from approximately six weeks of age, although this can vary depending on the normal practice of your vet. Your vet will start your puppy on a course of vaccinations against the four main infectious diseases:

Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis.

All of these diseases can be fatal so after its first course of vaccinations, your puppy will need booster vaccinations according to your vet’s advice.

Once a puppy is vaccinated, the vet will issue a vaccination certificate showing a record of exactly when the puppy was vaccinated and which product was used. This should be kept safe as you may need to show them at boarding kennels, dog-training classes or if you take your dog abroad. It is also useful should you change your vet and he may recommend a slightly different regime, and it will be useful to see what vaccination your puppy has had in the past,

Until your puppy is fully vaccinated, you should not take it anywhere where it might come into contact with dogs or ground that may be infected. However, puppies are most receptive to new environments and situations at this age, so keeping them confined to your house and garden can be counter productive. In order to continue your puppy’s socialisation programme during these important first weeks at home, you should take your puppy out to different places in your arms or the car to get it used to different situations and noises, as well as letting it meet new people.

Further details on socialisation is available in the Kennel Club “Puppy Plan” which can be viewed at