Routine vaccination protects your pet against life threatening and often incurable infections. It also protects other pets in the area by minimising the risk of an outbreak.
Vaccination protects dogs against parvovirus, distemper, leptospirosis, infectious hepatitis, and parainfluenza. They need two injections, two to four weeks apart then yearly boosters to maintain the correct level of protection.
Dogs can also be vaccinated against Kennel Cough, a very contagious virus of the respiratory system. We recommend this vaccine for any pet that meets other dogs out on walks, at training classes and dog shows, or stays in boarding kennels. It is separate to the routine vaccinations and is administered up the nose.
Cats are protected against the flu viruses and feline enteritis. There is also a vaccine against feline leukaemia virus, which is important if your cat spends time outdoors.
Rabbits can be vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic diarrhoea. This needs to be repeated every year and can be started from 5 weeks of age.
Vaccination for foreign travel
Both dogs and cats that travel abroad need to be vaccinated against rabies. However this is not necessary for animals only living in the UK. Please see Travelling section for further information.
Please contact the surgery if you would like to make an appointment for your pet's annual vaccinations. All pets get a thorough health check to make sure they are fit, and receive the appropriate vaccination combination for their life style.