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Vaccinations for dogs


We recommend dogs receive a C5 + Leptospirosis australis vaccination.


Puppies should be vaccinated with a C3 vaccine at 6 to 8 weeks, then with the C5 + Lepto vaccines at 12 and 16 weeks of age. After the puppy vaccinations the C5 vaccine is given annually and the Lepto australis vaccine is given every 6 months. Please refer to our puppy health schedule for more information.


Puppies are not fully protected until 2 weeks after their last (16 week) vaccination.Parvovirus is very common in the Darwin and Palmerston areas so until this time it is important to keep your puppy isolated to reduce the risk of getting infected. Do not walk your puppy outside during this time and avoid contact with any unvaccinated dogs. We recommend socialising your puppy through puppy preschool classes and with vaccinated dogs only.


The C5 vaccination is a combination of the C3 and Kennel Cough vaccines. The C3 vaccine covers three deadly viruses: Parvovirus; Distemper; and Hepatitis. The kennel cough vaccine covers Parainfluenza virus and Bordatella bronchiseptica. Dogs going into boarding kennels and daycare must be vaccinated with the C5 vaccine.


Leptospirosis australis is a potentially fatal bacteria that can infect dogs in Darwin. It is more common in tropical areas so dogs new to Darwin are unlikely to have been previously vaccinated against this disease. As the disease can also be transmitted to humans its prevention has become a significant health issue.

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