Dog Vaccinations in South Perth

At Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital, we offer two classes of vaccines for canines; ‘core vaccines’ should be given to every dog while ‘noncore’ vaccines are only recommended for certain dogs. Our friendly team of professional vets will talk to you about which vaccines are most suitable for your pet.

Many of the most serious diseases your dog may be exposed to are preventable with a simple vaccination. It is therefore very important to vaccinate your dog – you may prevent them from suffering very serious health problems, discomfort or pain.

The Benefits of Dog Vaccinations

Dog vaccinations help protect your dog from the following core diseases:

  • Canine Distemper – a serious viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and central nervous systems in dogs. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, thick mucus coming from the eyes and nose, fever, lethargy, sudden vomiting, diarrhoea, depression and/or loss of appetite.
  • Canine Adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease) – contagious disease of dogs with signs that vary from a slight fever to severe depression and/or leukopenia (disease of the white blood cells).
  • Canine Parvovirus-2 – a contagious virus that can lead to death in approximately 50% of dogs. Signs include lethargy, vomiting, fever and diarrhoea.

The kennel cough vaccine is also given annually. If you plan to put your dog in the kennel or take it to doggy day-care or an off-leash park, you should consider this vaccine. This is done at 12 and 16 weeks of age with a booster once a year. Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease causing a persistent cough, retching, and watery nasal discharge. It can develop into bacterial pneumonia.

At Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital, we offer dog and puppy wellness packages. These include dog vaccinations and are designed to save you money and make caring for your dog easier and more straightforward.

Dog Vaccination Schedule

Dogs should receive their vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus-2 and Canine Parvovirus-2 at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. These vaccinations are usually given a booster every three years after the initial three puppy vaccines. We recommend annual health checks even if your dog is not scheduled for a vaccination.

Common Dog Vaccination FAQs


Q – Is vaccination really necessary?

Yes. Vaccinating your dogs can help prevent them from contracting potentially fatal diseases. Vaccines contain modified versions of common canine diseases. When they are injected into the body, your dog’s immune system will attack them. If your dog is later exposed to the disease, the immune system will remember the disease and quickly counteract it. A titre test can be conducted to measure the existence and level of antibodies to disease in the blood. Please speak to one of our vets to see if we would recommend this for your pet.


Q – Can I give vaccines to pregnant or nursing dogs?

Vaccines are not recommended for pregnant animals. When the stress of pregnancy and nursing is removed, your dog will be better equipped to respond to the vaccine. For more information please speak to one of our team.

Please see here for more advice on caring for your dog.

To book your puppy or dog in for a vaccination or to speak to our friendly team at Port Kennedy Vets, contact us today on 08 9524 6644.