VaccinationsImportant protection for your pet
Vaccinations can save lives
This is one of the most important annual requirements of pet ownership. These vaccinations prevent very serious infections, many of which can be killers with no specific cure in young or old animals. Where animals do contract these infections, with aggressive support they can generally be helped, but the suffering, pain and costs are significant. Our vaccination consultations always include a full clinical examination and this is the best way to pick up health problems early and deal with them before they get out of hand.
When to Vaccinate
Puppies can start their vaccines from 6 weeks old with a second 2-4 weeks later. They then have a booster every year.
Kittens can start their vaccines from 9 weeks old with a second 3 weeks later. They then have a booster every year.
We use the latest vaccines that cover more diseases for longer. In dogs one part of the vaccine only needs to be given every 3 years. This reduces vaccination frequency. Unfortunately, the Leptospirosis vaccine only lasts a year. Leptospirosis is also called Weils disease and is transmitted by rats. It is commonly found near dirty water and coastal areas. We can offer the latest vaccine that covers 4 strains of this potentially fatal disease for those dogs traveling abroad as this extra cover is most useful for dogs that travel to Europe. Please ask us if you require this extra cover.
In dogs we can vaccinate against:
- Kennel Cough
- Canine hepatitis – 2 strains
- Leptospirosis – 4 strains
- Canine influenza
- Rabies – for those travelling abroad
In cats we can vaccinate against:
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline rhinotracheitis virus (Herpes family)
- Feline panleucopaenia (Enteritis)
- Feline leukaemia
- Rabies for those going abroad.
Rabbits need a vaccination once a year for Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). Both of these diseases are fatal and vaccination is the only way to protect your rabbit. Myxomatosis is spread by the rabbit flea so your rabbit does not need to have direct contact with an infected wild rabbit to become infected, so vaccination is advised for all rabbits even if they live indoors. More information on rabbit vaccines can be found here