Pet vaccinations

Important information on vaccinating your pet.

Dogs

Why should I have my dog vaccinated?

Unless properly vaccinated, your dog runs the risk of contracting one of several possibly fatal infectious diseases. Parvovirus and Hepatitis probably represent the most widespread threat, but it is also necessary to protect against Distemper and Leptospirosis.

When should I have my puppy vaccinated?

Provided that the mother is immune, puppies are usually protected for the first few weeks of life by the immunity passed in their mother’s first milk. However this immunity falls with time, leaving the puppies susceptible to infectious diseases.

Puppies can start their vaccinations from 6 weeks of age followed by the second part 3 to 4 weeks later. The vaccination protects puppies from: Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza.  The vaccination we use is the only one that covers against all the aforementioned diseases in a single injection.  It is one of the most modern on the market covering, against not just 2 but 4 strains of leptospirosis thereby meeting the challenge of new and emerging disease.

Why does my dog need an annual vaccination?

Immunity to these diseases does not last indefinitely and will gradually fall, leaving your dog at risk. Regular boosters are vital to maintain the immunity which will protect your dog from these infections and provide an opportunity for a yearly health check by one of our veterinary surgeons.

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough syndrome (Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis) is a contagious upper respiratory disease usually occurring where dogs are in close contact such as in boarding kennels, rescue centres, shows, etc. Signs are usually a dry cough, which may cause retching, mild tiredness and loss of appetite and a mildly raised temperature. Very occasionally, the disease may progress to pneumonia. Treatment is usually successful, but recovery may take up to three weeks. Vaccination is possible against many of the components of this syndrome and is especially useful when dogs are to be boarded at kennels or regularly attend shows.

Kennel Cough can be given from 9 weeks of age. This is an intranasal vaccination and lasts for one year.

Cats

When should I have my kitten vaccinated?

Provided that the mother is immune, kittens are usually protected for the first few weeks of life by the immunity passed in their mother’s first milk. However this immunity falls with time, leaving the kittens susceptible to infectious diseases.

Kittens should be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age. Vaccination can protect against flu (herpes and calicivirus), enteritis, leukaemia. If the cat is going to go outside it is important that they are vaccinated against leukaemia because leukaemia is passed from cat to cat by contact, salivation and/or grooming and is fatal. Remember that the protective effects of vaccination are not immediate and the veterinary surgeon will advise you when your kitten may be allowed outside safely.

Why does my cat need an annual vaccination?

Immunity to these diseases does not last indefinitely and will gradually fall, leaving your cat at risk. Regular boosters are vital to maintain the immunity which will protect the cat from these infections and provide an opportunity for a yearly health check by one of our veterinary surgeons.

Rabbits

When should I have my rabbit vaccinated?

Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age. We strongly recommend that all pet rabbits be vaccinated yearly for myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) which is now available as a single combined vaccine. These diseases are mainly transmitted from wild rabbits although insects can carry both diseases, so even house rabbits are still at risk.

Routine vaccinations for cat and dogs (excluding Kennel Cough) are included with the membership of our Health Club. Click here for more information. 

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