Owners should have had their pets for at least a week before we start the first vaccination course to avoid missing any incubating infections.  We offer health checks and/ or advice consultation with our nursing team before first vaccinations to answer questions and give advise on feeding, worming, training etc. This can be done before or at the same time as a puppies/kittens first vaccination. Please check when booking vaccinations that we are able to give the vaccination; some medications are contraindicated for vaccination such as antibiotics and vaccination may need to be given at a later date.

Dogs

  • Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis are the four elements in the routine vaccine
  • Primary vaccination can be from 7 weeks of age; however we recommend 8 weeks and 12 weeks (due to the leptospirosis content of the vaccine all vaccinations are given 4 weeks apart).
  • To facilitate socialisation which is vitally important a DHP vaccination is given two weeks after initial vaccination this is followed at 4 weeks by a leptospirosis 4 vaccination
  • Puppies can go onto the floor a week after their second vaccination.  To avoid the risks of leptospirosis it is advised to keep puppies away from water ( it is transmitted by rat urine )
  • 2nd vaccination must be given no later than 4 weeks apart; this is the time on the data sheet if this is exceeded the primary vaccination should be restarted
  • Boosters are an annual event 12 months from the puppy vaccination course and every year thereafter
  • An animal must not have a booster longer than 14 months after the last; if this is the case, primary vaccination course needs to be carried out.
  • Kennel cough is an optional element against Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine parainfluenza Virus.  It  is an  important protection to all dogs that socialise a lot
  • An annual booster is necessary this can be given at the time of booster or staggered to a later date if owners prefer
  • Animals on our health plan get a 25% discount on the usual KC price
  • 2 weeks after a booster a nurse may do the kennel cough vaccination if the vet performed a thorough health check and had no concerns at booster time
  • Dogs may show symptoms after kennel cough vaccination i.e. a hacking cough.  Dogs are not fully protected less than 72 hrs after the injection
  • Rabies is another optional extra and is necessary towards the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
  • Rabies Booster vaccination is given every 3 years; however the client should check the country of travel as some sate alternatives

Cats

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis, Feline Influenza, Feline Leukaemia Virus and Feline Panleukopenia are all elements of our vaccines
  • Primary vaccination is from 9 weeks of age and the 2nd is given three to four  weeks later at 12 weeks
  • Annual boosters are necessary but panleukopenia should be given every third year with our current provider this means Tricat™ every 3rd year with Ducat™ in the interim years
  • Clients may opt out of having FELV it is not classed as a core vaccine and the virus is only passed with friendly grooming, generally cats over 6 have good resilience anyway to the disease.  It is a myth that it is passed by biting.  So in single cat households it is not essential.  We recommend all kittens have the vaccination but it’s worth discussing the details with the veterinary surgeon.
  • A full kitten course will be given to cats with an unknown vaccination history

Rabbits

  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis are required to be vaccinated against in rabbits this is a combined vaccine
  • The new strain of VHD2 is emerging in the UK with case reports in the North of England if you would like vaccination cover it is given at a separate time to the core vaccinations (minimum 2 week gap).  The risk is being continuously reviewed by our Senior Veterinary surgeon currently yearly vaccinations are recommended this may shorten to 6 monthly if risk increases.
  • Primary vaccination should be at 9 weeks of age and is a single injection
  • Both Annual boosters are recommended these diseases are almost always fatal in rabbits
  • For further information and current updates on disease www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk

We advise vaccination from an early age and annually throughout your pet’s life to maintain their preventative health status.   Follow this link to set up your annual booster reminder.

Puppy vaccination course including Free Wormer and Health Check

Dog annual booster including Health Check

Kitten vaccination package including Free Wormer, Health Check, Leukemia Vaccine and ID Chip

Cat annual booster including Health Check & Leukemia vaccine

Contact surgery for prices