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Vaccinations

Our advice on vaccinations

Why do I need to vaccinate my pet?

As a responsible pet owner, you want to make sure that your pet stays fit and healthy. Keeping your pet up to date with their vaccinations is vital to provide immunisation and protection against many life-threatening diseases, many of which have no cure. Vaccinations are also essential if you wish to place your pet in a kennel or cattery as they will not accept them unless you have an up to date vaccination certificate. Kennel cough vaccination is also required for dogs and must be given at least 5 days before going into kennels.

If you wish to take your pet abroad, they will require a pet passport and Rabies vaccinations will be required for this.

When do I need to vaccinate my pet?

Puppies: Your puppy will need a course of two injections 2- 4 weeks apart. They can have their first vaccination any time from 8 weeks of age and finish the course at 10 weeks of age or older. They must not go out into public places until 2 weeks after their 2nd vaccine.

Kittens: Your kitten will need a course of 2 vaccinations. The first can be given from 8 weeks of age and the 2nd at 12 weeks. We do not recommend that they go out into public places until they have been neutered as they can breed from 4 months onwards.

Boosters: All pets should have an annual booster to keep them fully protected. It is very important to ensure that you keep to these timescales otherwise you may need to re-start a full course.

What major diseases do we vaccinate against?

Dogs

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Infectious Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

We can also vaccinate against:

  • Rabies
  • Kennel Cough

Cats

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis
  • Cat Flu
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus
  • We can also vaccinate against:-
  • Chlamydophila felis
  • Rabies

Rabbits

  • Myxomatosis (annually)
  • VHD Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (annually)

If you have any questions are unsure if your pet requires a vaccination, please contact the surgery and we will be happy to help.