26
Jan
2016

Dog Vaccination Amnesty in February.

For the month of February, Blake Vets are running a vaccination amnesty for all dogs over 18 months of age whose vaccinations are out of date.   Your dog will need 2 vaccinations, 3-4 weeks apart.  The first appointment will be with the vet when your dog will have a full examination and the second with a qualified nurse.

For February only, the cost of restarting your dog’s vaccinations will be the same as the cost of a booster, rather than the cost of a full vaccination course.

Vaccinating your dog regularly is an important part of being a responsible dog owner.   Over the last 30 years, there has been a massive decline in the incidences of dog diseases such as parvovirus and distemper.  This is principally due to the development of vaccinations that protect your dog against these conditions and reduce the likelihood of spread within the population.

Contrary to what some owners and dog forums believe, vaccinating your puppy is not sufficient to provide protection against disease for the rest of its life. Extensive testing has been done, measuring the levels of antibodies in a dog’s blood stream and it has been shown that protection against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis lasts approximately 3 years, whereas protection against leptospirosis lasts no more than 12 months.

It is important to have your dog vaccinated yearly. Not only does this mean that your dog is protected against potential life threatening disease, but also means your dog has a yearly health check when any concerns you have can be discussed with the vet and any illnesses that may not be apparent to you as an owner, could be identified early.

In the last couple of years, dog vaccinations have been modified to include new emerging strains of a bacteria called Leptospirosis. Most owners will have heard of the bacteria leptospirosis which is the cause of Weil’s disease in humans.  There are many different strains of leptospirosis and previous dog vaccinations contained 2 of these strains, the new vaccination now contains 4.

Leptospirosis is spread via watercourses (of which we have a lot in Somerset!) and in the urine of infected animals. As previously mentioned, immunity against the leptospirosis bacteria lasts no longer than 12 months.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please call the surgery on 01278 451592 if you are a Bridgwater client, or 01278 794794 if you are a Burnham client and make an appointment.

Please mention when making the appointment that you are booking in under the vaccination amnesty.

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