Vaccinations

Just like us, pets can be at risk of catching a range of infectious diseases, some of them potentially deadly. As veterinary medicine has advanced, prevention of disease has become a priority. One of the best means of prevention is by creating immunity in your pet. This is achieved by an annual vaccination.

Diseases controlled by vaccination:

DOGS

Canine Distemper
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Leptospirosis
Parvovirus
Canine Parainfluenza Virus
Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough)
Rabies (for pets travelling abroad)

CATS

Feline Infectious Enteritis (or Panleucopenia)
Feline Leukaemia
Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Callcivirus (Cat Flu)
Feline Chlamydia (mainly for breeding cats)
Rabies (for pets travelling abroad)

RABBITS

Myxomatosis
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)

 

When does my pet need its first vaccinations?

For both cats and dogs, the initial vaccination course is in two parts.

Kittens: The 1st part of the vaccination is given from 9 weeks of age and the 2nd vaccination is given 3 weeks later

Puppies: The 1st part of the vaccination is given from 6-8 weeks of age and the 2nd vaccination is given at 10 weeks of age.

Rabbits: A combined Myxomatosis and VHD vaccination can be given from 5 weeks of age.

We recommend that you keep your cat indoors, and not take puppies into public places until a week after their 2nd vaccination to ensure they are fully immune before socialising. Puppies can be taken out into private gardens as long as no pets from outside of the household have access to this area.

Find out from your breeder or rescue centre whether or not your pet has already had the first vaccination.

 

Does my pet need booster vaccinations?

YES. After having the initial vaccination course, your pet needs annual booster vaccinations to ensure adequate immunity at all times.

 

What if my pet is late having its annual booster vaccinations?

Although there is a little bit of flexibility with the timing of booster vaccinations, if left too long, not only will your pet’s immunity be reduced, but the initial 2-part vaccination course may also need to be restarted. 

All of our vaccination clinics include a FREE HEALTH CHECK for your pet. We will send you a reminder by post (or email if preferred) the month before your pet is due a booster vaccination.