Vaccinations and Health Checks
Keeping up to date with vaccinations is vital, to help keep your pet protected against potentially life threatening diseases. At all our surgeries we offer full health checks and vaccinations to dogs, cats and rabbits.
Dogs and Puppies
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and kennel cough (Including Bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza).
Vaccination courses are usually started from 8 weeks of age with further injections required 2 and 4 weeks later. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks old for the second vaccination. It is important that puppies do not interact with other (unvaccinated) dogs or venture outside where they may have been, until one week after the second vaccination. In some circumstances, the vet may recommend a third parvovirus injection when the puppy is 16 weeks of age or older.
It is important to vaccinate puppies as early as possible, so that they can begin to socialise with other dogs as soon as possible but it is practice policy not to start vaccinating until they have been in their new home for at least one week.
In order to maintain immunity from infectious disease, your dog will require annual booster vaccinations. A full clinical examination will be performed at the same time.
Your puppy can also be vaccinated against rabies from 12 weeks of age if required. This is usually a single vaccination with onset of immunity after 2-3 weeks. Our rabies vaccination gives protection for 3 years.
Cats and Kittens
Cats are routinely vaccinated against cat flu, feline enteritis and feline leukaemia virus.
Vaccinations are usually started at 9 weeks of age with a second injection required 3-4 weeks later. Kittens should not interact with other (unvaccinated) cats, or venture outside, until 2 weeks after their second vaccination. It is possible to vaccinate at risk kittens against Bordetella bronchiseptica from one month of age.
In order to maintain immunity, your cat will require annual booster vaccinations. A full clinical examination will be performed at the same time.
Your kitten can also be vaccinated against rabies from 12 weeks of age if required. This is usually a single vaccination with onset of immunity after 2-3 weeks. Our rabies vaccination gives protection for 3 years.
Rabbits, particularly those who have access to a garden or fresh vegetation from the garden, should be vaccinated against viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and myxomatosis. There is now a combined vaccine which protects against both of these diseases in one injection. Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age onwards with inset of immunity 3 weeks after.
In order to maintain immunity against these diseases, your rabbit will require annual booster vaccinations.