Vaccinations

Vaccinations

We provide all of your dog, cat and other small animals' vaccinations, including yearly boosters and starter courses for young and rehomed pets.

Routine pet vaccinations are a vital part of preventative healthcare.

In some ways they are a victim of their own success, in that some owners have become complacent, as we don’t see these potentially fatal diseases nearly as often now as we used to because the vaccinations are so effective.


However, there are outbreaks of these diseases now and then, so vaccination is still very much worth keeping up.



Dogs

Core vaccines for dogs in the UK protect against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis caused by canine adenovirus and leptospirosis.


Dogs require a primary course of two injections four weeks apart, and then an annual vaccination thereafter.


Distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis vaccines are given every three years, and leptospirosis needs to be given every year.


It is also possible to vaccinate against kennel cough, which is required 

by most kennels and some training and dog-sport classes.

This usually needs to be given at least three weeks before going into kennels – please check with the kennels you plan to use to confirm their requirements



Cats

Cats are vaccinated against feline panleukopaenia, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus and feline leukaemia virus.


They require a primary course of two injections three weeks apart, then an annual vaccination thereafter.



Rabbits

Rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD).


There are two strains of VHD, both of which can cause sudden death in rabbits.


The vaccine we offer rabbits provides cover for myxomatosis and both strains of VHD in a single injection.



Titre testing

For some diseases and some animals, immunity may last longer than the licensed vaccine interval.


It is possible to run a blood test called a titre test, which tests the animal’s level of antibody against the disease.


If an animal has a sufficient level of antibody, they may not need as many vaccines.


If you are interested in titre testing, please speak to one of our vets for more information. It is not possible to titre test for all diseases, so annual vaccinations will still be needed.