Dogs, Cats and Rabbits are susceptible to a range of dangerous infectious diseases. Fortunately, we can immunise against most of these diseases making cases and epidemics rare but it is still very important to make sure your pet is fully vaccinated as the diseases are still a constant threat.
We don’t want to give vaccines unnecessarily so we taylor vaccination courses according to your pet’s age, lifestyle and certain other risk factors. Unlike immunisation in people it is essential to get your pet vaccinated annually as some of the vaccines only last a year. If you are late you may have to start your pet’s course all over again – adding extra cost to your preventative healthcare programme. It is for this reason that we send all our clients regular reminders through the post, text or e-mail when vaccines are due.
Whilst very important, the vaccination that your pet receives every year is only a very small part of what we do during your annual visit. The health examination that we carry out at the same time is actually the most important part of preventative health care for your pet. Our Pet Health plans includes regular health examinations and vaccinations, as well as flea and worm treatments, and are a great way to spread the cost of your pet’s healthcare.
Cats are vaccinated against viruses that cause severe flu-like symptoms, Feline Leukaemia virus – a cancer-inducing disease of cats – and against Panleukopaenia virus – a fatal gastroenteritis. In kittens the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 8 and 11 weeks.
Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Pavro virus and Leptospirosis. A vaccine for Kennel Cough is recommended in high risk situations such as those experienced when taking your dog to kennels and shows. In puppies the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 7 and 10 weeks of age. This allows early socialization under controlled low-risk situations from 9 weeks of age and puppies are ready to face the world at 12 weeks.
Rabies vaccination, for obtaining a Pet Passport, is required at least every two years although, when visiting certain countries, annual vaccination is needed – ask your local Village Vet for more advice.
Rabbits should be vaccinated against both myxomatosis and VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease). Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age. The VHD vaccine is given 2 weeks after the myxomatosis vaccine.