Vaccinations were developed to protect animals against infectious diseases that are difficult to treat, and diseases that can often be fatal. The diseases are difficult to control as canine conditions can be spread by foxes and pests such as rats, and the feline ones by feral cats.
Recently there have been outbreaks of Parvovirus which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, especially in puppies, and often results in death. There have also been cases of Leptospirosis.
We endeavour to use vaccines that will cover the important diseases and last longer so we do not over vaccinate. Our puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Leptospirosis. We also recommend vaccination against kennel cough.
We offer rabies vaccinations which are essential for travelling overseas.
Our kittens are protected against Cat Flu and Feline enturitis. We would strongly recommend Feline Leukaemia.
Cats also need rabies vaccinations if travelling abroad.
Initial vaccinations are given at 8 weeks of age in a puppy and at 9 weeks in a kitten. The second vaccination is given 2-4 weeks later as we have to boost the first vaccination so it will then give cover for at least a year. If vaccinations are not kept up to date then we would restart the course as the immunity to these diseases fades with time.
A vaccination is only given to healthy animals so we would always book you in to start a course of injections with a veterinarian so that they can perform a health check to asses that your pet is fit for the injection. If there is any possibility of an illness we would try to treat that illness first so that the immune system can respond to the vaccine properly.
Rabbits can be vaccinated for myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD1) from 6 weeks of age.
A second VHD2 vaccination is reccomended at 10 weeks of age.
Rabbits need annual vaccinations.