Vaccination

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Vaccination is essential to protect dogs, cats and rabbits against the major infectious diseases which continue to circulate in the general population, many of which can be fatal.

We view this as an essential part of your pets healthcare in combination with an annual health check. The health check enables us to monitor the general health of your pet.

The following diseases are included in our vaccination policy.

Dogs

Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis (associated canine adenovirus 2), Parvovirus, parainfluenza virus and leptospirosis (2 strains).

We also recommend vaccination against kennel cough. Kennel cough is airborne and can be contracted anywhere where other dogs are, not just in a kennel environment. We are seeing a steady increase in the number of cases per year and a high % have never been in kennels.

We currently recommend annual boosters. The reported incidence of any side effects with vaccine type used are extremely low at 2 per 100,000 doses and are far outweighed by the very real risk of disease.

Vaccines can be given from 6 weeks of age with completion of the vaccine course at 10 weeks of age to allow early socialisation.

Cats

We recommend vaccination against flu and Feline infectious enteritis. In addition we believe it to be essential to vaccinate against Feline Leukaemia Virus. 

Vaccination is at 9 weeks and 12 weeks. Annual boosters are required to keep up immunity.

Rabbits

We recommend vaccination against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease and Myxomatosis both of which are very serious rabbit diseases.We see these diseases even in rabbits with no known contact with wild rabbits.

Our nursing staff will be happy to discuss any aspect of vaccination with you at the surgery.

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