Dogs, Cats and Rabbits are susceptible to a range of dangerous infectious diseases. Fortunately, we can immunise against most of these diseases making cases and epidemics rare but it is still very important to make sure your pet is fully vaccinated as the diseases are still a constant threat.

We don’t want to give vaccines unnecessarily so we tailor vaccination courses according to your pet’s age, lifestyle and certain other risk factors. Unlike immunisation in people it is essential to get your pet vaccinated annually as some of the vaccines only last a year. If you are late you may have to start your pet’s course all over again – adding extra cost to your preventative healthcare programme. It is for this reason that we send all our clients regular reminders through the post, text or e-mail when vaccines are due.

Whilst very important, the vaccination that your pet receives every year is only a very small part of what we do during your annual visit. The health examination that we carry out at the same time is actually the most important part of preventative health care for your pet. Worming and flea treatments are also important.

Cats are vaccinated against: Viruses that cause Flu-like symptoms; Feline Leukaemia virus (a cancer-inducing disease of cats) 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, Pavro virus and Leptospirosis. A vaccine for Kennel Cough is recommended in high risk situations such as those experienced when taking your dog to kennels and shows. In puppies the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 8 and 10 weeks of age.

Rabies vaccination, for obtaining a Pet Passport, is required at least every two years although, when visiting certain countries, annual vaccination is needed – ask for more advice.

Rabbits should be vaccinated against both myxomatosis and VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease). Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age.

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