Vaccination regulations

In order for the dog to be present in an event, it must have the following valid vaccinations:

  • Canine distemper vaccination. The dog has had the canine distemper vaccination at least twice and at least 21 days have passed since the administering of the booster vaccine. A booster vaccine that has been administered to a dog less than one year old is valid for a period of one year. The following booster shots, which are administered at the age of one year or older, are valid for a period determined in the summary of product characteristics for the vaccine in question.
  • Rabies. The dog has had at least one rabies vaccination and at least 21 days have passed since the administering of the vaccination. A vaccine that has been administered to a dog less than one year old is valid for a period of one year. The following vaccines, which are administered at the age of one year or older, are valid for a period determined in the summary of product characteristics for the vaccine in question.

Regulations associated with infectious diseases

If a dog contracts

  • canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, kennel cough or some other similar infectious inflammation of the respiratory system
  • parvo virus diarrhoea or another similar infectious inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract

the dog may not be present at an event unless it has been symptom-free for at least two weeks.

This same restriction also applies to symptom-free dogs belonging to the same household. Cases of external and internal parasites must be treated in the appropriate manner before the dog is allowed to be present at the event.

Renewal of expired vaccinations

If a dog's vaccination has expired, the vaccination must be renewed at least 21 days before the date of the event.

Calculation of withdrawal period

A dog is allowed to participate in an event the day after the final day of the withdrawal period; in other words, on the 22nd day after the administration of the vaccine.

Recommendations associated with vaccinations

A recommendation for a vaccination program, from which a veterinarian can differ:

Canine distemper vaccination is given first time for a 12 weeks old puppy as a part of a combo including vaccination for canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvo virus diarrhoea and kennel cough. The booster is given 4 weeks from the first vaccination.
The first vaccination for rabies is given, at the earliest, for a 4-month-old puppy. Canine distemper and rabies vaccinations are not recommended to be given simultaneously.

Notes about previous vaccinations are kept in a pet passport or in another vaccination certificate.

It is recommended to get a booster for kennel cough vaccination about yearly or depending on the situation before attending a show, trial or competition.

Regulations about import

Vaccination regulations and other regulations regarding import can be found on the website of the Finnish Food Authority.