Vaccinations are strongly recommended, as they effectively protect your pet against potentially life-threatening diseases. And it’s not just your pet’s health you’re protecting – some diseases can be transferred to humans too, so by vaccinating your pets you’re protecting the whole family!
Vaccinating your dog
Puppies and dogs can suffer from a range of nasty diseases, some which cause a lot of discomfort and others that can kill. Thankfully, we can protect your much-loved dog from some of these – like parvovirus, distemper, and leptospirosis – with vaccinations. In addition to the usual, primary and booster vaccinations, we also offer kennel cough vaccination and rabies (for those dogs who travel abroad).
Vaccinating your cat
Vaccinations should be a routine part of the care of all cats throughout their life – even house cats. Many of the diseases (such as cat flu and feline infectious enteritis) we can vaccinate against are hardy; they can survive outside of a cat for some time. This means they can be transmitted inside the house, on people or objects, and are still a risk to cats via indirect exposure.
Vaccinating your rabbit
We strongly advise vaccinating your rabbit annually to protect them against potentially fatal diseases. For Rabbits we offer the combined Myxomatosis-RHD vaccine. By getting an injection against these diseases every year, you know your rabbit is up-to-date with the very best protection.
When to vaccinate your pet
When puppies, kittens and rabbit kits are born, their mother’s milk helps to protect them from infections (provided she’s been regularly vaccinated). However, this protection only lasts a few weeks, so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.
Primary vaccinations in dogs and cats, consist of two injections. For dogs the first can be done from 8 weeks of age, followed by the second 2-4 weeks later. For cats the first can be done from 9 weeks, followed by the next, 3-4 weeks after. Both will need booster vaccinations at 12-month intervals after the primary course of vaccinations.
Older pets need protection too, as their immunity can decline. Ask your vet for advice on how frequently your pet needs vaccinating.
Which diseases can we vaccinate against?
Feline Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus aka ‘cat flu’
Feline Infectious Enteritis
Feline Leukaemia Virus
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease
Why vaccinate your pet annually?
A vaccination typically protects your pet for up to 12 months. After that, your pet may be exposed to conditions that could make them very poorly. Missed booster vaccination may require your pet to begin their initial course of vaccinations again.
A vaccination appointment is much more than just a quick injection! Our vets and nurses will want to know how your pet has been, if you have noticed any changes and conduct a full physical examination. They will ask questions about how they have been behaving, any issues, and about specific topics such as their eating and drinking habits. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions, as they are there to listen to your concerns or worries.
If you’re not sure when your dog, cat, or rabbit had their last round of vaccinations, get in touch and we can check for you.
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Just like humans, unhealthy pets are more susceptible to a range of other medical conditions and often have a lower quality of life. Not only are these conditions bad for your pet, but they are also bad for your pocket!
The simplest way you can give your pets a chance of a long, illness-free life is by keeping them as healthy as possible. Our 365 Care Plan is designed to help you do just that for your dog or cat, providing year-round, preventative healthcare in affordable monthly payments. Annual vaccinations are included in our 365 Care Plan so you don’t need to worry about missing them.Sign up to 365 Care Plan