In general, dogs in Australia are routinely vaccinated against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Adenovirus, Distemper. Kennel Cough is an optional extra and is included in the C5. It is worth noting that Kennel Cough is not a fatal disease and is treatable however many still choose to immunise against it.
Vets normally recommend annual vaccination boosters and these are generally required for boarding your schnauzer in a facility. Some people’s reading of research is that the evidence only supports every three years so, especially after the first couple of years of life. If you do choose to not vaccinate annually, the safest way to ensure your dog is covered is to do a ‘titre test’ a year after their first annual booster. If they require a booster this will show it or it may show they’re fine to go another year or more. Some boarding facilities will reportedly accept a titre test showing immunity in place of the vaccination record (as this is of course the point of vaccinating).
For those who have bought a pup from us:
Your pup has had their first vaccination, a Protech ‘C3’ which covers them for Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis. See their Vaccination Certificate for the date of this. Their next shot is due between 12 & 14 weeks – please organise this second C3 with your vet. If you wish to upgrade to a C5 vaccination that is your choice
Once the puppy series has been completed your dog will need yearly, or in some cases 3 yearly, vaccinations for life.
Remember that vaccinations can take up to two weeks to have their full effect, so avoid taking your puppy out and about, particularly to dog parks, beaches and other dog hotspots until 2 weeks after they have had their final vaccination. Keep them away from public areas and unvaccinated or unknown dogs until fully protected.
Early protection is vital for good social development.