More information regarding vaccinations
We would recommend that all puppies (under a year) receive an initial course of 2 injections between 2 and 4 weeks apart. The first vaccination can be any time from 6 weeks of age, but the puppy must be at least 10 weeks old before having the second. We recommend a 3rd Parvovirus injection at the 16-week check-up.
Full protection from disease will not be achieved until 1 week after the second vaccination, but this schedule means that you can start socialising your puppy as early as possible. If a puppy receives his first course of vaccinations at 8 to 10 weeks of age, he will be due his first adult booster when he is 14 months old. This is a very important booster as it completes the primary course.
Booster vaccinations are given every year. As immunity to the different components of the vaccine varies, your dog will only receive the full six-in-one vaccine for his first adult booster and then every 3 years. He will get the vaccine against Leptospirosis every year, as this component is weaker and does not last much more than a year.
An annual intranasal Kennel Cough vaccine is also available.
Rabies vaccination is required for dogs going abroad.
Kittens can start their primary vaccination course at 9 weeks old; they should have 2 injections, 3-4 weeks apart.
They receive a single booster a year after the kitten vaccinations and this completes the primary course. Booster vaccinations are carried out yearly.
We would normally give cats a vaccination against two types of cat flu and feline enteritis in a single injection. This is the vaccination required by catteries and cat shows; it is even recommended if your cat is going to remain indoors, as transmission of cat flu can be airborne.
If your cat is going to be going outdoors or otherwise have close contact with other cats, we would recommend having the vaccination against feline leukaemia virus in addition to the normal flu and enteritis vaccination.
We will help you to make a decision on the most appropriate vaccinations for your cat to receive, based on an assessment of what his lifestyle is likely to be. Vaccinations can be added or dropped in later life if circumstances change.
Rabies vaccination is required for cats who are travelling abroad.
We would advise that all rabbits, whether indoor or outdoor, are vaccinated against Myxomatosis. A single vaccination can be given from 10 weeks of age.
There is an additional vaccination which can be given against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. This is a very virulent disease which can be spread by direct contact, by migrating birds and on contaminated footwear or clothing. Vaccination can start at 10 weeks of age. A second vaccine against the newer strain of Viral haemorrhage disease (VHD 2) can be given 3 weeks apart from the combined vaccine. Please check for the latest veterinary advice and disease incidence in this area.
We are now able to offer a single annual injection which protects against both Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD1)
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