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What Vaccinations Should My Puppy or Dog Have and Are They Mandatory at Doggy Daycare?

In the UK, certain dog vaccinations are considered essential for protecting canine health and preventing the spread of contagious diseases. While it is not a legal requirement for all dogs to be vaccinated, certain vaccinations are highly recommended, and some are required by certain institutions or for certain activities e.g. Puppy and Doggy Day-Care. Here are some key vaccinations for dogs in the UK:

Core Vaccinations:

Canine Parvovirus (CPV)

Canine Distemper (CD)

Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH)


These vaccinations are considered core because they protect against severe and widespread diseases. Puppies typically receive a primary course of vaccinations, followed by booster shots to maintain immunity throughout their lives.

Rabies:  Rabies vaccination is not a core vaccination in the UK, but it may be required for travel to certain countries. The UK is considered rabies-free, and the vaccination is essential for dogs entering the country or participating in international travel.

Kennel Cough (Bordetella):  Kennel Cough vaccination is often required for dogs attending doggie day care, kennels, dog shows, or certain training classes. While it’s not a core vaccine, it helps prevent this highly contagious respiratory infection.

While these vaccinations are not strictly required by law, certain situations may necessitate proof of vaccination. For example, attending reputable and licensed doggy day care Like Acres 4 Dogs, kennels, dog shows, and training facilities often require up-to-date vaccinations for entry. Additionally, when traveling abroad, some countries require specific vaccinations, including rabies.

It is essential to consult with your veterinarian to create a vaccination schedule tailored to your dog’s individual needs and lifestyle. While not legally mandated, responsible dog ownership often includes keeping vaccinations up to date to protect your dog and others in the community from preventable diseases.

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