Vaccinations

All animals will acquire a certain amount of immunity from their mothers. As these wane, puppies and kittens become vulnerable to disease and need to be vaccinated to stimulate their own immunity, especially before they are allowed out and about.

Vaccination protects animals against various diseases that can cause pain, and distress and are all potential killers. Vaccinating your pet gives you peace of mind, knowing they are fully protected from these diseases, which although not common, are a huge risk to the well-being of your pet.

Usually, dogs are vaccinated between 8 and 12 weeks of age, followed by a second injection 2-3 weeks later. Kittens are vaccinated between 9 and 12 weeks of age, again with a second injection 3 to 4 weeks later. Rabbits can be vaccinated from about 6 weeks of age. Boosters are required every year.

Prevention of disease is much cheaper, easily performed and more reliable than treatment and we would, therefore, recommend both primary vaccinations in the young animal, and booster vaccinations to maintain an adequate level of immunity throughout your pet’s life.

The diseases protected against by vaccinations are as follows:-

  • Dogs: Parvovirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza virus (Kennel cough protection is available as a separate intranasal vaccine)
  • Cats: Feline Infectious Enteritis, Cat flu (Herpes and Calici virus) and Feline Leukaemia Virus
  • Rabbits: Myxomatosis virus and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

For more information about the importance of vaccinations please visit www.future-of-vaccination.co.uk