Why does my dog need vaccinating?
Vaccination by injection protects against major, frequently fatal diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. We can also vaccinate against another disease called “Kennel Cough” which is caused by Bordetella and Parainfluenza. This vaccine is trickled into the nose and is demanded along with routine vaccination if dogs are staying in kennels.
Your dog also receives a full examination at booster time so that any problems are spotted and treated early. This check-up also gives you the chance to discuss any aspects of your dog’s health care. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are an important part of routine health care ensuring your dog remains fit and well.
When should my puppy be vaccinated?
Pups are given 2 injections, the first at 8 weeks old, and the second at 12 weeks. They are fully protected one week later. An option of an intermediate injection at 10 weeks old (at no extra cost) allows your pup to be taken out and about more quickly, which helps in the important socialisation period when they learn so much from their surroundings, including how to interact with other dogs and people, making for a well-balanced happy dog.
What about boosters?
Booster vaccinations are given each year. Leptospirosis protection is included every year, with hepatitis, distemper and parvovirus protection being given every third year.
Old dogs especially need their boosters regularly as they become more susceptible to disease with increasing age.
Why does my cat need vaccinating?
Vaccination protects your cat against a number of infectious diseases, including Cat Flu, Feline Infectious Enteritis, and Feline Leukaemia (FeLV).
Your cat also receives a full examination at booster time so problems can be spotted and treated early. This check-up also gives you the chance to discuss any aspects of your cat’s health care. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are an important part of routine health care for your cat ensuring your cat remains fit and well.
Which vaccines do you recommend for my cat?
We advise that all cats are initially protected against cat flu, infectious enteritis and FeLV. We do not currently recommend routine vaccination against Chlamydial infection. This vaccine is however readily available if desired, so please discuss this with the vet.
When should my kitten be vaccinated?
Kittens can be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age. A second dose is given 3 weeks later and the kitten will be protected by about 10 days after that.
What about boosters?
Booster injections are given each year throughout life. Susceptibility to Enteritis and Cat Flu can increase when cats get old; however, there is evidence to suggest that cats may be less susceptible to Feline Leukaemia in old age. This can mean that while Flu and Enteritis vaccine should be continued for life, the Leukaemia vaccine could possibly be dropped. Discuss this with a member of our knowledgeable veterinary team.
We routinely advise vaccination of rabbits against two life-threatening diseases, Myxomatosis and VHD. Protection is now provided with a single combined annual vaccine.
Myxomatosis is a severe viral disease in rabbits causing many symptoms, including blindness and severe respiratory disease. It is transmitted by blood sucking insects, primarily fleas and mosquitoes, and so rabbits do not have to come into contact with diseased animals to become infected.
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)
This is a highly infectious viral disease in rabbits, causing sudden onset gastroenteritis often presenting as sudden death with no warning symptoms.