Dutch dog vaccination schedules

Blog post showing vaccination schedules for Dutch dogs
By Laure-Anne Visele, March 2015

About the author: certified dog trainer in The Hague

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Canis bonus: Laure-Anne Visele

My name is Laure-Anne and I help with dog behaviour problems around The Hague (Canis bonus). I am also Head Trainer at OhMyDog! (dog training school in The Hague). I graduated in Zoology, and am a certified dog trainer and applied animal behaviourist.

If you live close to The Hague and are getting worried or annoyed about your dog’s behaviour, tell me about the problem. I’ll get back to you within two business days. You can always read up a little on how it works first if you’re not sure.

Dog vaccinations in The Netherlands

My position on dog vaccination is no mystery: I see it as a civic duty to keep our dogs up to date on their vaccinations. But exactly how often should these take place, and what are the dogs being vaccinated against?

As I needed to brief my staff at our dog training school in The Hague on vaccination policies, I sat down with the veterinary practice with whom I collaborate on behaviour work, and they gave me the low down on vaccinations. I figured my expat readers would be happy to see this information in English.

The big canine diseases

In the Netherlands, dogs are expected to be covered against four diseases:

  1. Distemper (hondenziekte in Dutch)
  2. Parvovirus
  3. Canine hepatitis (leverziekte in Dutch)
  4. Leptospirosis

If your dog attends a training school, or if he needs to stay at a dog pension or walks with a dog walking group, he will also need to be vaccinated against the two forms of kennel cough (kennelhoest in Dutch):

  1. Bordatella
  2. Parainfluenza

And if you brought your dog in from abroad or want to travel with him, he will also need to be vaccinated against rabies.

Dutch canine vaccination schedule

Dogs need to be vaccinated against all the diseases every three years, and against leptospirosis and kennel cough every year.

The vaccine for both variants of the kennel cough is delivered in one go, nasally.

The first set of vaccines is delivered to puppies on three separate occasions, every three weeks starting at six weeks old. So your pup should be fully vaccinated around twelve weeks.

Final note, make sure you ask for the L4 version of the Leptospirosis vaccine. This protects against a forth strain of the Leptospirosis bacteria, whereas the old version only protected against three strains. The forth strain has been known to strike in The Netherlands too, so it’s a good precaution.

Vaccines per dog age

If you want to see the detailed breakdown, here we go:

6 weeks: DP vaccine (Distemper + Parvovirus)

9 weeks:

  • Small cocktail (Parvovirus + Leptospirosis (L4))
  • Kennel cough (Bordatella + Parainfluenza)

12 weeks: Big cocktail (Parvovirus + Distemper + Canine Hepatitis + Leptospirosis (L4))

1, 4, 7, 10, etc. years:

  • Big cocktail (Parvovirus + Distemper + Canine Hepatitis + Leptospirosis (L4))
  • Kennel cough (Bordatella + Parainfluenza)

2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, etc. years:

  • Leptospirosis (L4)
  • Kennel cough (Bordatella + Parainfluenza)

That should cover you! Drop me a line if you have any questions or comments.

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