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Keep your pet protected
We highly recommend that your pet is vaccinated against a variety of serious and often fatal diseases. Many vaccines are covered within out Pet Health Club. To discover the full range of benefits of being a member of the PHC, please click here.
We recommend dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. These are serious, infectious diseases that are usually fatal for your dog. Vaccinating against these diseases prevent them from spreading.
Vaccination can start from 8 weeks of age with a course of two vaccines given two weeks apart to begin with; thereafter a yearly booster is required to maintain immunity. This vaccination is also a requirement if you plan to put your dog into boarding kennels.
We also recommend that your dog is vaccinated against Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection, and although rarely fatal, can leave your dog with a nasty cough for a few weeks. It is highly recommended for your dog to be vaccinated against Kennel Cough if they are likely to be booked into a boarding kennel or come into contact with other dogs.
We recommend that cats are vaccinated against Cat Flu, Enteritis, Feline Leukaemia and Feline Infectious Virus. These diseases are usually fatal in cats.
Vaccination can start from 9 weeks of age. There is a course of two injections given three weeks apart. Thereafter, your cat will require an annual booster to maintain their immunity. This vaccination is a requirement if your cat has to visit a cattery.
There are two diseases that we recommend rabbits are vaccinated against: these are Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Diarrhoea.
Myxomatosis is a highly contagious disease which can be spread from wild rabbits to domestic pets. Myxomatosis is a fatal disease for which there is no cure. Protection is given by a vaccine, administered by injection once a year.
Viral Haemorrhagic Diarrhoea (VHD) is a fatal disease which can be caught indirectly from wild rabbits. Rabbits with VHD may present acutely ill and passing blood or as a sudden unexplained death. VHD vaccine is given by a single injection once yearly. There is also a mutated version of VHD known as RHD2. This is a fatal disease very similar to the original VHD, a vaccination has now become available which is given by a single injection every six months.
A combined vaccine for VHD and Myxomatosis is available, meaning one less trip to the vets!
For any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact the practice to speak to one of our friendly staff. Alternatively, you can book an appointment online by clicking here.
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