Essential Vaccinations for your Cavalier King Charles

Vaccinations will keep your Cavalier King Charles happy

George a happy and healthy Cavalier King Charles

It is quite probable that your little fluff ball will receive its first vaccines while under the breeder’s care.  Reputed breeders provide new owners with a medical file detailing the dog’s health record.  This will help the vet you choose to continue with the necessary vaccinations/ treatment once your puppy comes home.

Essential Vaccinations for your Cavalier King Charles

Vaccinations are essential to prevent disease and health problems in dogs.  They can vary from country to country and the vet can recommend a program of vaccinations for your Cavalier King Charles.  Take your puppy to see the vet within a week of bringing it home.  Dog owners need to be aware that over-vaccination can affect the dog’s autoimmune system.  In Australia, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has a vaccination protocol for dogs and cats in the country.  In America there is the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines that provide advice on the American vaccination protocol.

Core vaccines (protection against severe, life-threatening diseases) and non-core vaccines (protection for animals at risk from specific diseases) include:

  • Core vaccines: canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus.
  • Non-core vaccines: canine parainfluenza virus, leptospira interrogans and bordetella bronchiseptica.

What vaccinations are required and when they should be administered

A typical vaccination schedule for your Cavalier King Charles would start when the puppy is 6 weeks old.  The vaccines administered will cover distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus shots.  These vaccines consist of a series of injections given at 6-8, 10-12, 14-16 and 18-20 weeks of age.  Leptospirosis vaccine is administered at 10-12, 14-16 and 18-20 weeks of age and rabies at 14-16 weeks of age.

Vaccinations play a very crucial role in maintaining the health and general well being of your Cavalier.  Once your puppy receives the initial primary vaccination course, it should be followed up by 12 month booster shots to ensure continued immunity against diseases.

Re-vaccinations are typically given at 12 month intervals based on the vet’s recommendations.  Vaccinations that claim to provide 3 years protection are available on the market, but registered data tends to support the 12 month protection vaccinations.  Vets generally link re-vaccinations to the pet’s regular check-up.  You need to ensure that your vet provides you with relevant, up-to-date information on vaccination best practices for your Cavalier.  This will help you make an informed decision about your pet’s re-vaccinations and the best schedule to follow.

It is best to follow professional advice in all matters pertaining to vaccinations and booster shots for your Cavalier.

Next time we will look at the importance of socialising your Cavalier King Charles.

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  2. Evelyn Ketzeback says:

    I’am very confused about how frequent my 2 cavalier king Charles (6yrs & 4yrs) dogs should received the DHPP & Bortdella vaccines. Many articles I have read say every year & others say do not over vaccinate & vets all have their own opinion what is right? Very confusing!!!!

  3. Check out the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club website for information on vaccinating your Cavalier and how over vaccination is not only Not needed but can be harmful to your beloved animal.
    New research out there to confirm this., Please do your own research and make educated decisions. Another site is Dr W. Jean Dodds, DVM site. She has done extensive research in the area of necessary VS not necessary vaccines for your pets. and you have the right to refuse unnecessary vaccines.
    Be informed and ask questions before they are vaccinated. I trusted my vet but after the fact on my bill I noticed my Cavalier was given a vaccination that I did not approve nor was I informed it would be given. Never again! I will change vets and find one who values my pet as much as I do. It’s all about a healthy pet not the vets mark up on vaccines.

    • Hi Theresa, your experience sounds awful! What a horrible thing to have happen to your beautiful dog. George only gets one vaccination a year. As he sometimes goes on holiday to the kennels he has to have it. It would be great if we didn’t have to vaccinate our pets, lets hope one day in the future that comes true, cheers George

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