Vaccinations for your pet
Vaccinations to help protect your pet
All dogs and cats require annual booster vaccinations against the major infectious diseases, in addition to the primary course when they are puppies/kittens.
During the booster consultation the vet will give your pet a detailed clinical examination, and give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have regarding his/her health. In addition, advice can be given on worming, flea treatments, diet and behaviour.
Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis (liver and kidney infection). We can also vaccinate specifically against “kennel cough” if your dog is going to board in a kennels that require this vaccine.
We strongly recommend cats to be vaccinated against the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) as well as the two types of “cat-flu” and feline enteritis. Leukaemia is prevalent in this area and is a fatal disease. It is spread through fighting and mating predominantly.
In line with WSAVA vaccination guidelines we vaccinate dogs and cats against the core diseases every 3 years. Annual vaccination against Leptospirosis (dogs) and “cat flu” (cats) is still required annually.
Rabies vaccinations are available for those pets travelling abroad.
Puppies can begin their vaccinations from six weeks of age, and kittens from nine weeks. A course of two or three injections is required to give full protection.
Rabbits should be vaccinated against Haemorrhagic Viral Disease strains 1 and 2 and Myxomatosis. Both of these can be given from 12weeks of age and are particularly important for rabbits that spend any amount of time outdoors.
It is important not to let your pet’s immunity lapse as all of the above diseases are potentially fatal and the vaccines available provide safe and secure protection. Vaccination is essential if your pet needs to go into a boarding kennels or cattery as these establishments will not admit an animal without an up-to-date vaccination certificate.
We will send you a reminder approximately one month before your pets booster is due to give you plenty of time to phone in and book a suitable appointment.
Over many years we have found that regular vaccinations are vital to keep your pet in his/her best condition, and the annual health examination he/she will receive at the time of the booster can help us to identify symptoms of early disease.