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Vaccine Consultations

The health of a pet begins with preventative medicine

Vaccinations are necessary to keep dogs, cats and rabbits safe from preventable diseases. In vaccinating your pet, you are also helping to reduce the spread of these diseases in the wider pet population.

In addition, these consultations are a great opportunity for us to check your pet’s health and for you discuss any concerns you may have about your pet.

  • What diseases do the vaccines prevent?
  • When should I vaccinate my puppy?
  • When should I vaccinate my kitten
  • Adult cats and dogs

What diseases do the vaccines prevent?

The vaccines we use for dogs are a 7-in1 vaccination that includes prevention against:

  • Canine Parvo Virus
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine Infectious Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

We also strongly recommend annual vaccination for Canine Cough.

We vaccinate cats against:

  • Feline enteritis
  • Cat Flu
  • Feline Leukaemia virus

When should I vaccinate my puppy?

In order to initiate immunity, we recommend two 7 in1 vaccines to be given as the primary course followed by an annual booster to maintain immunity every year for the dog’s entire life.

For Puppies, the 1st Vaccination should be given from 6 weeks of age. The breeder may have already administered the first of these so you will just need to bring your puppy for their second vaccination ­2-4 weeks later. The puppy must be at least 10 weeks old when having their second vaccine as this is the time when the maternal antibodies are at a low enough level to not interfere with the vaccine.

A third vaccination is optional at 16 weeks of age when the maternal antibodies are totally gone.

When should I vaccinate my kitten

The primary course for kittens also involves having two vaccination shots. The first is given from 8 weeks of age and is followed by a second vaccination 3-4 weeks later depending on your kitten's age at the time of the first shot. This initiates immunity for one year at which time a booster is then due. In order to maintain immunity your cat must receive a booster every year for the duration of their lives to keep them protected.

Adult cats and dogs

Vaccinations expire after 13 months, if it has been more than 13 months since your pet's last vaccination you must start the primary course again which involves two vaccinations.

It is best to keep your pet's vaccinations up to date every year to avoid having to start again.

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