Dog and Puppy Vaccinations

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Keeping Melbourne's canines healthy

As a leading dog vaccination clinic in Melbourne, we at Melbourne Pet Surgery prioritise your pet's well-being. Offering cheap dog and puppy vaccinations, we ensure that our four-legged friends are safeguarded against preventable diseases.

Puppy Vaccinations:

Starting vaccinations early is crucial. Vaccinating your puppy lays the foundation for a healthy life by protecting against early-life threats.

It is possible for puppies and dogs to suffer serious health problems and even death from numerous preventable ailments, some of which are so severe that your pet may die within days or even hours. To ensure your puppy has the greatest possible chance of a long and healthy life, it is essential that they receive regular vaccinations.

The puppy vaccination protocols are:

1st Vaccination:      6 - 8 weeks      C3 vaccine

2nd Vaccination:     >10 weeks       C5 vaccine (C3 injectable + KC intranasal)

There is also the option to vaccinate your puppy with the C7 vaccination (instead of the C5) which covers Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Canine Cough (also known as kennel cough), as well a C2i vaccination for Canine Coronavirus and Canine Leptospirosis.

Dog Vaccinations:

A critical aspect of canine health, vaccinating your dog is essential to prevent many contagious and fatal diseases. Keeping to a schedule of dog vaccine boosters over their lifetime maintains your dog's immunity, protecting them and helping contribute to a healthier pet community in Melbourne.

As an adult your dog will require booster vaccinations. At Melbourne Pet Surgery we use a triennial vaccination. This means that your dog will receive the full C5 vaccination every 3 years, but still needs to visit every year for their annual Kennel Cough vaccination. This annual visit is also a good opportunity for your veterinarian to perform a health check and discuss any concerns you may have.

Core vaccines available:
  • Canine Hepatitis 
  • Canine Distemper 
  • Canine Parvovirus 
Non-core canine vaccinations

You may want to consider additional dog immunisations based on your pet's lifestyle and environment.

  • Canine Parainfluenza 
  • Bordatella Bronchiseptica (canine cough) 
  • Leptospira interrogans 
  • Canine Coronavirus

Dog and puppy vaccinations cost

Our puppy vaccinations clinic offers excellent rates, ensuring your pup gets the best start in life without breaking the bank.

For a comprehensive list of our canine vaccine prices see our pricing guide here.


What to expect after vaccination

Once your puppy or dog has received their vaccinations, it's essential to monitor them for any adverse reactions. While rare, it's best to keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour or symptoms.

Following vaccination, your puppy may be a bit more lethargic and not as interested in their food for the first 12-24 hours. Some dogs may also develop a slight fever/sneeze and/or cough in the week following the intranasal vaccination.

Make sure to keep your puppy vaccination record updated and schedule the next dose on time. Should you have any concerns, Melbourne Pet Surgery is just a call away.

When can I take my puppy on their first public walk?

At Melbourne Pet surgery we use an 'early finish' vaccine. Which means your puppy can be fully vaccinated by 10 weeks of age and socialise as early as one week after their vaccine. It is generally okay to attend puppy preschool or socialise with dogs that are known to be fully vaccinated.

Parasite Control

Aside from vaccinating against diseases there are five main parasites that may impact your dog or puppy:

  • Fleas
  • Intestinal worms - Whipworm, Roundworm, Hookworm
  • Tapeworm
  • Heartworm
  • Ticks - While ticks are not common in Melbourne, they can be found in northern VIC and in the warmer states of NSW and QLD
Puppy worming protocol

Your puppy needs to be wormed at: 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, then monthly until they are 6 months old. After 6 months they will need to be wormed every 3 months.

Other parasites - There are many all-worming products available that will protect against fleas, intestinal worms and heartworm. Most of these products are given monthly. Please check the weight range of the product you choose to use and the age it is registered to begin using to ensure it is suitable for your puppy.

Heartworm is a deadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes. There are very few cases of heartworm in Melbourne and is much more common in NSW and QLD. However, it is still very important to protect your dog from this disease.

There is also the option to protect your dog using an injection called Proheart SR-12. This is an annual injection that is initially started at 12 weeks of age, with a second dose at 6 months of age, and then repeated each year with their annual vaccinations.

Don’t worry if you are unsure what parasite control your puppy needs, your veterinarian will discuss these options with you during your first visit and decide on the best treatment plan for your individual situation.

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Ready to book your dog or puppy's vaccination appointment? With our strategically located clinic, finding the nearest dog vaccinations has never been easier. At Melbourne Pet Surgery, cost-effective care meets veterinary excellence.


Dr. Scot Plummer

Meet Dr. Scot Plummer


Dr Plummer has always had a deep love for animals and graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours. in his Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After the success of his Brisbane clinic, Dr Plummer has launched Melbourne Pet Surgery with the goal of lowering the cost of high-quality pet care for all Melburnians.

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