We recommend that cats, dogs and rabbits are vaccinated annually and ferrets every third year
There are unfortunately some highly contagious and often fatal diseases out there our pets can contract - we must take every measure to protect our pets and limit the spread of these diseases. We recommend that cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets are vaccinated annually. Booster vaccines are very important to maintain your pets immunity - we also love to see you and your lovely pet for a catch up.
Cats require a course of two injections to start their vaccination protection and yearly booster 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 are the basic requirements and also essential for admission to catteries, but there are several other diseases we can vaccinate against.
Dogs vaccinations have changed in recent times, there is now 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 cannot 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 of distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus vaccine) at 10 weeks and their third ( for their second leptospirosis vaccine) at 12 weeks
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 known as an L4 UPGRADE. If you choose not to upgrade, the old level of protection will be maintained by the new vaccine - please talk to your vet beforehand if you have any questions or concerns about this new L4 vaccine.
Distemper: although not very common in this area (thanks to vaccination) it is still important to vaccinate against it as this disease can be fatal and may often cause permanent disabilities. It is still prevalent in other areas of the UK and abroad.
Hepatitis: a serious, potentially fatal liver disease.
Rabbits need vaccinating against myxomatosis and two strains of viral haemorrhagic disease; RVHD1 and RVHD2. Vaccination in order to protect your bunnies from these diseases can begin from 5 weeks of age - these diseases are usually fatal and do not require direct rabbit to rabbit contact as they can be spread by several different ways, 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.) For more information regarding rabbit vaccination please follow this link.
Ferrets can unfortunately contract distemper - an uncommon but often fatal disease. 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 with few side effects - it may be advisable for your ferret to stay with us for a short time after their vaccine, to monitor for a reaction, but this is unlikely.
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