Dogs are vaccinated against distemper virus, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis. These diseases are spread during contact between dogs or contact with places where other dogs or foxes have been. They all cause serious illness which can be life threatening, some are also a risk to people.
The initial vaccination course is 2 vaccinations given 4 weeks apart (this will depend on the age of the dog, younger puppies may receive these vaccinations in a course of 3 to enable earlier socialisation). These can be given from 8 weeks of age. Your dog should be confined to the house until two weeks after the second vaccination.
Dogs will have a yearly booster vaccination to ensure they retain immunity to these diseases. If your pet has missed his/her booster your vet will advise you if it is necessary to restart the full course again. You will receive a reminder when your dog’s booster is due.
Kennel Cough vaccination: Your dog may be at risk of contracting Kennel Cough. It is an airborne virus so is more common in the Kennel environment. This is a yearly vaccination administered via your dog’s nostril. Most dogs tolerate this well.
Most kennels will not accept your dog without this vaccination. This should be given 3 weeks prior to a kennel stay.
Cats are vaccinated against cat flu (calicivirus, herpesvirus), enteritis (panleucopenia) and feline leukaemia. These viruses are widespread in the environment and infection is very common, especially in kittens. These diseases can cause serious illness or even be fatal.
The initial vaccination course is 2 vaccinations given 3-4 weeks apart. These can be given from 9 weeks of age. You cat should be confined to the house until at least 2 weeks after the second vaccination, however it is important the animal is familiar with your home environment prior to venturing outside so often new cat owners will keep a cat inside for 4-6 weeks.
Cats will have a yearly booster vaccination to maintain sufficient immunity to these diseases. If your pet has missed his/her booster your vet will advise you if it is necessary to restart the full course again. You will receive a reminder when your cat’s booster is due.
Rabbits are vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease. These diseases are spread from wild rabbits via insects/mosquitoes. These diseases can cause serious illness and are often fatal.
This is a yearly vaccination and can be given from 6 weeks of age.