Vaccination service and advice for Pets
We recommend that cats, dogs and rabbits are vaccinated annually and ferrets every third year. Vaccination boosters are required as immunity to some of the diseases we vaccinate against is not maintained without regular challenge to the immune system either by vaccination or the disease itself.
Rabies vaccination is becoming increasingly common now and is discussed in its own section, click HERE.
For more information visit the website published by our vaccine manufacturer by clicking HERE.
Cats require a course of two injections to start their vaccination protection and yearly booster vaccination thereafter. There should be three to four weeks between the first and second injection. The earliest a kitten can start its vaccination programme is at nine weeks of age. Flu and enteritis vaccinations tend to be required for admission to catteries.
Cat flu - this is caused be two different viral infections and can rarely be fatal. It will commonly result in chronic incurable eye and nose problems.
Feline enteritis - basically feline parvo virus. The more famous canine parvo virus evolved from this disease.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) - The most common infectious cause of death in cats and the second largest cause of death in young cats after car accidents. FeLV is a retro-virus similar to HIV or feline immunodefiency virus. It can produce virtually any symptom of disease but most commonly causes immunosuppression and cancers. Cats can have this disease for months or years without symptoms but once symptoms begin time is usually short.
Feline bordetellosis - the equivalent of kennel cough in cats. This is not a vaccine we use very often and would tend to only use if a cattery insisted your cat was vaccinated for this disease or there was a known risk.
Feline chlamydia - in cats chlamydia mostly produces symptoms similar to flu. It is a serious disease but is rarely fatal and can be treated with antibiotics. We tend to only recommend this vaccination for high risk cats such as show and colony cats.
Dogs vaccinations have changed. There is a new leptospirosis vaccine available that gives much improved protection against strains of Leptospirosis that are becoming more common. Dogs require at least two injections initially to give full immunity. There must be a four week interval between the first and second leptospirosis injection and the second injection can not be given before ten weeks of age.
Puppies can start their vaccinations from as young as six weeks though we usually suggest giving the first vaccination at eight weeks of age, their second (giving second doses distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus vaccine) at 10 weeks and their third ( for their second leptospirosis vaccine) at 12 weeks
More information about the new Leptospirosis vaccine can be found here.
In order for your adult dog to get the full level of protection from the new Leptospirosis vaccine a second injection will be required 4 weeks after the booster. We are charging just £6.00 for this upgrade. If you choose not to upgrade the old level of protection will be maintained by the new vaccine
We vaccinate dog against several different diseases:-
Distemper - although not very common in this area (thanks to vaccination) it is still important to vaccinate as this disease can be fatal and may often cause permanent disabilities. It is still prevalent in other areas of the UK and abroad. We currently give boosters for distemper every 3rd year
Hepatitis - a serious, potentially fatal liver disease. Boosters required every 3rd year.
Parvovirus - a serious commonly fatal gastroenteritis. Puppies will often die from heart failure in hours. This disease has been well controlled for the past decade however cases are again becoming more common. Boosters are required every 3rd year.
Para-influenza - one of the many causes of 'kennel cough'.
Leptospirosis - this is a very serious and often fatal infection causing liver and kidney damage. The reservoir for the disease is rats so this disease is everywhere. This disease requires yearly vaccination to maintain immunity.
Bordetellosis - one of the causes of kennel cough. This produces a particularly nasty variety of kennel cough that can be fatal in young, old or weak dogs. It is not included in the normal booster injection and requires yearly vaccination. It is given as a few drops of liquid up the dog's nose. Most kennels require that this be given before they will accept dogs to board. It is also particularly important for dogs involved in training classes or competitions such as shows or agility work and for puppies attending puppy parties or training classes.
Rabbits need vaccinating against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease. Both of these diseases are usually fatal and do not require direct rabbit to rabbit contact as they can be spread by insects so even rabbits kept as house rabbits are at risk. The newest vaccine requires yearly vaccination to protect your bunny. (Older rabbit vaccines required twice yearly vaccination for adequate cover.)
Ferrets can contract distemper. There isn't a licensed ferret vaccine for this disease but it has been common practice for many years to use the dog distemper vaccine 'off licence'. This seems to be safe and give protection.