Vaccination Voices

Do I need to Vaccinate every year? What shots does my puppy need? What am I vaccinating against? To try and make this as simple as I can I will introduce the most common and relevant disease your dog can pick up if they are not vaccinated correctly

Kennel  Cough

Virus that can be picked up whenever your dog shares airspace with another dog- out walking, groomers, vets, doggy day care and kennels. Not life threatening but very annoying for dogs and owners. A dry hacking cough that can last up to three weeks. We seen numerous cases annually especially during the summer.


Virus that can be picked up in lots of areas- is potentially anywhere. Is a very strong hardy virus that survives a lot of disinfecting and washing. Can be carried home on your shoes, clothes etc. Dogs can pick it up by sniffing, licking and all those doggy things dogs do!! This disease is horrendous and in most cases leads to death. If you don’t agree with vaccines do one thing and get your dog a parvo vaccine!! We have had at least 7 cases in the last 6 months and unfortunately all died.

Inflammed, dying intestines in a dog with parvo


Bacteria carried by rats and other wildlife in urine. Can be spread by dogs drinking from puddles and swimming. Horrible liver and kidney disease that can cause death in most cases. This disease can also affect humans and is very dangerous for pregnant ladies.

Jaundiced dog suffering from lepto

Others-distemper and hepatitis.

These diseases aren’t as common now because vaccination has helped eliminate them. We may see cases coming back soon because of the reduced amounts of people vaccinating.

Rabies- not in Ireland but vacccination is needed if travelling abroad.

How often do I need to vaccinate?

I have outlined below recommended vaccination protocols. Tests can be done for some vaccines to find out if your dog is still protected but these are very expensive to do. If you are afraid of over vaccinating at least vaccinate against parvo and lepto. For more information please see




Hello Howl-aween!

Hi everyone, happy Halloween! I’ve been listening to lots of talking about bangers, fireworks and other scary things. Read on if you want some advice for your pet the next few days.

  1. Identification- with all best intentions pets go missing at halloween. Make sure you have them chipped-both cats and dogs! All pets should have some sort of identification on them at all times so they can be returned. Keep all pets locked up indoors Tuesday night so they don’t end up on Tipperary lost and found next week


2.  Noise- pets are so sensitive to noise, their ears work a lot better than ours! A bang from a firework may be deafening to them and suggests huge danger. Soften the noise of fireworks by playing a radio louder and distracting them with tasty chews or toys. A crate covered with a duvet is like a soundproofed room.


3. Stay Calm- It’s important to stay calm yourself. Don’t overly comfort or reassure your pet, you are best to ignore the change in behaviour. Reassuring your pet is natural but by doing this you are saying to your pet ‘yes you are right there is something horrible going on out there. Ignoring them means that you are letting them know that everything is normal and there is no need to worry.

milo m

4. Adaptil and Feliway- these are synthetic phermones that communicate to your pet in a way they understand. They give your pet reassurance and security in their environment. We find them super in the clinic for calming pets and making them feel more at home



5. Finally keep pets away from Halloween candy, chocolate and other sweets. It is also important to make sure they don’t have access to Halloween decorations that they might eat or chew on and candles that could burn them. Halloween costumes are also potential chew toys and unless pets are used to been dressed up can find them really stressful.


Talk to us in the clinic if your pet is extremely anxious and we can discuss sedatives and anxiolytics. Halloween is the time of year to make sure your pet is tucked up safe inside while you enjoy the festivities.



Have lots of fun,



All about Milo

What better way to start our blog than by telling you all about Milo my pal and best bud. Milo came into my life in May 2012 the day my vet final results came out.  I had told no one at home because I didn’t want anyone to change my mind. He was the only red puppy and we instantly fell in love.  How couldn’t I, that little face?

Milo 10 weeks old

We did everything together.. My first job in Clare- He was such good company. He would sleep on my bed and on the first call of the night would always be down the stairs in front of me. If I had to go on another call the same night he wouldn’t budge from the bed…once a night was enough for him (I definitely agreed with him there).

Enjoying Lahinch

He became protector and baby sitter of my little son when he was born a year later. Never rough with him and ever so patient.

Best buds

Milo is one in a million and I hope you enjoy this blog. If Milo could talk I’m pretty sure he would give the best veterinary advice ever. He has heard so much from under the desk in Arra Vets. I love him to bits and I know there are a lot of other people that love him out there too.

Signing off

M&M (Mairead and Milo)