The introduction of wide-spread vaccination has dramatically reduced illness from infectious disease in our pets. Unfortunately, regular vaccinations must be continued if these diseases are to be kept at bay.
We still see many parvo, myxomatosis and feline leukaemia infections in pets despite effective vaccinations being available. We strongly advise all pet owners to have their pet vaccinated. Initially, two injections need to be given 3 weeks apart. A booster is then required on an annual basis.
The first vaccination is usually given at about 8 weeks of age. If you feel your puppy or kitten is at special risk of developing illness, then we can discuss earlier vaccinations at 5 or 6 weeks.
Cats are vaccinated against cat flu viruses and feline panleukopenia virus. We strongly advise that cats who regularly meet with other cats are vaccinated against feline leukaemia virus, in addition to their normal vaccination. This virus is remarkable because is caused many different illnesses and can also cause cancer. It is a common killer of cats and vaccinations is the only way of preventing serious illness because no treatment is available.
Dogs are routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza. We also offer an additional intranasal vaccine against kennel cough. Though kennel cough is not life-threatening it can be very unpleasant. It is also very common. This vaccine should be considered if you intend to board your dog at kennels or take him or her to dog shows.
All vaccinations also entail a thorough clinical examination. Because pets cannot tell their owners when they are suffering, an annual examination is invaluable to detect early signs of disease.
Rabbits - we recommend that Myxomatosis vaccine is given to your pet rabbit every 6 months to give full protection against this widespread disease. Also VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease) vaccine should be given annually.
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