Vaccinations have been very effective in reducing the incidence of many life-threatening infectious diseases, but these diseases do still exist.
Dogs, cats and rabbits should be vaccinated from a young age to protect against the worst infectious diseases. A vaccination does not last for a pet's life and an annual injection is required to maintain protection. We understand that every patient is unique and the veterinary surgeons will discuss the vaccine protocols offered and tailor them to your pet’s needs. At the time of vaccination a full clinical examination is also performed.
We strongly recommend vaccination for puppies, kittens and rabbits. This is to provide protection against the most serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases. We understand that every patient is unique and the veterinary surgeons are always happy to discuss the vaccine protocols and to tailor them to you and your pet.
A full clinical examination is performed at the time of vaccination and it is not uncommon to discover problems in their early stages at these checks. Early awareness and diagnosis increases the likelihood of successful treatment. This is also a good opportunity to discuss any other worries you may have about looking after your pet.
Puppies vaccinations start from 6-8 weeks of age against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. A second vaccination is required 2-4 weeks later, but not before 10 weeks of age. This regime allows earlier socialization of your puppy.
Kittens vaccinations start from 9 weeks of age against Cat Flu, Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia. A second vaccine is required 3 weeks later. Adult dogs & cats should be re-vaccinated annually and at this time we perform a full health check.
Rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis, a fatal disease spread by fleas, from 6 weeks old. To maintain protection this vaccine must be repeated every 6 months. A separate vaccine against viral haemorrhagic disease which can cause sudden death can be given from 10 weeks and requires an annual vaccine to remain protected.