Pet vaccinations are essential, especially for young puppies and kittens, as they will help prevent a number of life-threatening infectious diseases. Vaccines are not only important to improve the health of your beloved pet and the other pets they meet, but also a lack of vaccination may invalidate certain pet insurance cover. The most common vaccinations are against:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine hepatitis virus
- Canine distemper virus
- Canine Cough (Canine parainfluenza virus and bordetella)
- Feline influenza viruses
- Feline leukaemia virus
The Pet Vaccination Process
Different species get their vaccines at different times and for different illnesses. For puppies, their vaccine comes in the form of
An initial vaccine given around 8 weeks of age followed by a 2nd vaccine 3-4 weeks later. Dogs will then require a booster vaccine every 12 months to ensure they are adequately protected. Pets travelling abroad have additional vaccine requirements such as a rabies vaccine.
Although not part of the “core vaccines” we recommend all pets are given a canine cough vaccine annually as it is a common and highly infections condition. Canine cough vaccine is required for kennelling your dog and is strongly advised for doggy day care, grooming, dog training classes or attending a park or area with other dogs present.
Similar to dogs, kittens are given a primary course of vaccines with 2 injections given 3-4 weeks apart. After this an annual vaccine is required to ensure your pet remains protected. A rabies vaccine is required if you intend to travel abroad with your cat.
After talking to one of our vets, an appointment will be set to bring in your pet to our one of our clinics. The vaccination will take place in our clean and comfortable vet clinics following a clinical examination. The entire process only takes 15 minutes and then they are free to go home again.
If you have any questions about what vaccinations your pet might need or you would like to book an appointment, please get in touch with our friendly team.