Puppies and Dogs
It is essential that all dogs are regularly vaccinated. Puppies should begin vaccinations between 8 and 12 weeks of age. An earlier vaccination at 6 weeks can be given in situations of high risk or where maternal immunity is uncertain or for extra security. A second injection completes the course at 12 weeks of age. Older dogs can be vaccinated at any age with 2 injections 3 weeks apart.
Puppies are not safe to socialise or be taken for walks in public places until 1 week after the second vaccine. This is then followed up with an annual booster which we will post out reminders for these each year.
We routinely vaccinate against 5 diseases, several of which are often fatal:
- Parvovirus - Parvovirus constitutes the main threat, causing an often fatal gastroenteritis. The virus can live in the environment for several years. We regularly need to treat unvaccinated dogs suffering from this disease. The cost of treatment is high (min £200) and a proportion of dogs die despite the best treatment.
- Distemper - Distemper is less common and causes a range of symptoms including respiratory and nervous system disease. Severe vomiting and diarrhoea progress to pneumonia and finally seizures which usually lead to death. As with Parvovirus treatment is expensive and often unsuccessful.
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis - This virus causes liver inflammation which can lead to irreversible liver failure.
- Leptospirosis -This bacterial organism can be contracted from the environment, especially around waterways and areas exposed to rat urine. Leptospiral infection can cause acute kidney failure.
- Respiratory Diseases - Several infectious organisms are capable of causing respiratory disease in the dog. This can vary from relatively minor cold-like symptoms to more serious airway or lung disease. Our vaccine gives protection against two viral respiratory pathogens, Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Canine Adenovirus 2.
- Kennel cough: Highly infectious to other dogs and causes a nasty hacking cough. Many kennels now insist boarding dogs to have this vaccination in advance of their stay.
Kittens and Cats
Should be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age.
The primary vaccination course consists of 2 injections given 3 weeks apart. Followed up with an annual booster which we will post out reminders for these each year.
We routinely vaccinate against 5 diseases:
- Feline Panleukopaenia virus
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Rhinotracheitis virus
- Leukaemia virus
Are vaccinated against 2 very serious diseases:
- Myxomatosis: Single vaccine for rabbits over 6 weeks of age.
- Annual boosters if in low risk areas, otherwise 6 monthly boosters recommended in high risk area
- May/June ideal time of year for vaccination.
- Viral Haemorrhagic Disease: Given from 8 weeks of age but usually given at 10-12 weeks.
- Annual boosters must be given 14 days apart from Myxo vaccine.