Your pets are susceptible to a range of infectious diseases. Thankfully we can vaccinate against most of these diseases making cases and outbreaks rare but it is still very important to make sure your pet is fully vaccinated as the diseases are still present and common place in the UK.
Unlike immunisation in people, it is essential to get your pet vaccinated annually as some of the vaccines only last a year.
Cats are vaccinated against viruses that cause severe flu-like symptoms, as well as cat ‘AIDS’ -Feline Leukaemia virus and against Panleukopaenia virus – a fatal gastroenteritis. In kittens the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 9 and 12 weeks.
Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Leptospirosis. A vaccine for Kennel Cough is recommended in all dogs but especially those frequenting kennels, shows or in doggy daycare. In puppies the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 8 and 10 weeks of age. This allows early socialisation under controlled low-risk situations from 9 weeks of age and puppies are ready to face the world at 11 weeks.
Rabies vaccination is available and required for travel to Europe. Please inquire about Pet Passports.
Rabbits should be vaccinated annually against both Myxomatosis and VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease). Due to an increased incidence of a 2nd strain of VHD – it is advisable to have the VHD-2 vaccine, 2 weeks after the initial vaccine.