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 most serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases. A vaccination does not last for a pet's life and top ups are required to maintain protection.
We understand that every patient is unique and the veterinary surgeons are always happy to discuss the vaccine protocols offered and tailor them to you and your pet.
At the time of vaccination a full clinical examination is also performed. 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 your pet.
Vaccinating your puppy
Puppy vaccinations usually start at eight weeks of age and protect against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus (DHP) and Leptospirosis. Our protocol involves a second DHP vaccine two weeks later which must be given at a minimum age of ten weeks. A third vaccination is required two weeks after this to complete the Leptospirosis course. Your puppy will be protected against DHP from a week after the second vaccine. However full cover for Leptospirosis doesn’t occur until three weeks after the last part of the vaccine. The first annual booster of both DHP and Lepto is essential to provide ongoing immunity.
Leptospirosis immunity is relatively short-lived so annual boosters are needed for life whereas DHP lasts three years so we only give this vaccination every three years.
The team here at Cathcart and Winn Veterinary Clinic & Hospital in Farnham and Aldershot can provide the following vaccinations for your dog:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Herpes vaccination
- Kennel Cough
A full health check is booked for every dog that is having a vaccination to ensure that they are in good health before giving the injection.
Vaccinating your kitten
Kitten vaccinations start from eight weeks of age and protect against influenza (flu), enteritis and feline leukaemia virus. A second vaccine is required three to four weeks later. Onset of immunity is three to four weeks after the second vaccination. A first full booster after a year is an important part of the initial vaccine protocol.
Adult cats should then be re-vaccinated annually against flu and enteritis to maintain immunity. The leukaemia vaccine provides immunity for three years.
Here at Cathcart and Winn Veterinary Clinic & Hospital in Farnham and Aldershot we can vaccinate your cat against the following diseases:
- Cat Flu
- Feline Enteritis
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
- Feline Chlamydophila
We can talk you through any type of vaccination that may be required for your cat.
Vaccinating your rabbit
Rabbits should be vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) of which there are two strains. The combined vaccine contains myxo and one strain of VHD. It can be given from five weeks of age and lasts one year. The second strain of VHD can be
given from ten weeks of age and also lasts one year. It must be given two weeks apart from the combined vaccine.
Other vaccinations we can protect your pet against
Rabies vaccination is required if you wish to leave the UK with your pet. Please see the section on Passports for more information.
Kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) is a respiratory infection in dogs caused by a combination of a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica and the Parainfluenza virus. It is highly contagious and causes a harsh, hacking cough commonly described as sounding like the dog has something stuck in their throat.
The vaccine is a live intra-nasal vaccine given by squirting a small amount of fluid into the dog’s nostril. This vaccine will reduce the chance of your dog contracting kennel cough and reduce the severity if they do but it cannot provide 100% protection due to the variety of strains involved. Due to the vaccine being live, dogs can exhibit mild symptoms of the disease temporarily after the vaccine.
Dogs must also not come into contact with severely immunocompromised people for six weeks after the vaccine. The vaccine is not effective if antibiotics are given within one week. Vaccination can be given from three weeks of age. Onset of immunity is 72hours for Bordetella and three weeks for Parainfluenza and the vaccine lasts for one year.
Pet Vaccinations FAQ
Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as leptospirosis in dogs and flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though you pet might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or via other wildlife that could enter the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
I have heard that vaccines are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however in the case of vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweighs the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at Cathcart and Winn Clinic and Hospital are always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
With the current COVID restrictions, are you accepting appointments for vaccinations?
At Cathcart and Winn, the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and clients remains our number one priority. For information regarding our guidelines, please click here.
Are there any schemes or offers to help with covering the cost of my pets’ vaccinations?
Our VIP Club allows you to spread the cost of caring for your pet throughout the year and save money. It covers your pet for all of their basic health care needs, including vacciantions, preventative treatments and expert advice, giving you complete peace of mind.
You could save approximately £90 for a cat over the year and £117 to £180 for a dog - depending on their size.
The Cathcart & Winn VIP Club provides regular veterinary health checks. We’ll give advice, support and treatment planning to help prevent problems arising with your pet in the future. Click here to find out more.
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