Why should I vaccinate my pet?
There are a number of infectious and potentially fatal diseases that can affect your pet. Many of these diseases have no effective treatment. The best and simplest way to protect your pet from these conditions is by vaccination. Disease is spread via animal to animal contact by means of body fluids such as urine, saliva and faeces. Disease can also be spread by an uninfected animal coming into contact with an object that an infected animal has touched such as a water bowl, food bowl or even a lamp post. Contrary to belief, disease is not only spread in areas where there are a large concentration of animals such as a kennels or a cattery but can be spread outside on a walk.
If you are thinking of booking your pet into kennels or a cattery they will have to be fully vaccinated; including kennel cough for dogs. The kennels or cattery will ask for proof that your pet is vaccinated so remember to bring your vaccination card with you to the surgery so that we can keep it up to date.
When my dog is vaccinated what diseases will it be protected from?
Parvovirus -this common and potentially fatal disease damages the lining of the gut resulting in vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Young pups in particular are at risk of dehydration and death.
Distemper -although thankfully now uncommon in the UK, distemper is a serious disease causing immune-suppression and resulting in respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological disease.
Leptospirosis -spread in urine, this nasty disease can affect dogs, rats, cattle and humans (Weil's disease) causing kidney and liver problems.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis -a viral infection attacking the immune system and liver causing fever, jaundice and abdominal pain.
Kennel Cough (Infectious Canine Bronchitis) -may be picked up through any contact with other dogs, although kennelling does increase the risk of spread. The symptoms are a dry hacking cough which is often described as sounding like the dog has something stuck in its throat.
How are vaccinations given to my pet?
Vaccinations are given via injection, just under the skin. The process is over very quickly and with a few treats, your pet may not even notice!
Kennel cough vaccination involves a small amount of vaccine trickled into your dog’s nose. Kennel cough vaccine should be given at least 72 hours before going into kennels.
Are there any risks associated with vaccination?
Small skin reactions to the vaccine just around the site of injection are not uncommon. These usually go away within a couple of days. Your pet may also be slightly subdued after vaccination, this will also subside within a day. Complete vaccine reactions are very rare but if you suspect that your pet is unwell after vaccination, contact the surgery.
At what age should I have my pet vaccinated?
We recommend that your new puppy is given their first vaccination and health check by a veterinary surgeon at, or soon after seven weeks of age. Second vaccination is then given two to four weeks later(the puppy must be 10 weeks of age or older) and this is an ideal opportunity to have your pet microchipped and to take advantage of our offer of four weeks free insurance with Pet Plan.
How often should I have my pet vaccinated?
Vaccination is not only a chance to protect your beloved pet against some nasty diseases but also an opportunity for a thorough check-over by a vet and to discuss health, behaviour or dietary concerns. There has been some debate in recent years about over-vaccination of pets. Our advice following consultation with vets from the vaccine manufacturers, is for certain components of the vaccine to be given only every 3 years. However, some components need to be boostered annually to ensure adequate protection and so an annual health check and vaccination is still advised. If you have any questions regarding vaccination, please speak to one of our vets.
How can I spread the cost of vaccinations for my dog or cat?
The practice offers a Pet Health Plan where the cost of vaccines and other preventative health care products and procedures can be spread. See our Pet Health Plan page for more details.