Vaccination and Routine Health Checks
We strongly recommend routine vaccination of dogs, cats and rabbits to protect them against common diseases, some of which can be fatal.
We always perform a health check at the time of vaccination. This is a good
opportunity to ask questions about your pet’s health and to bring any
problems to our attention.
Puppies require an initial course of two vaccines (2-4 weeks apart, from 6 weeks of age), with yearly boosters to maintain their protection. We vaccinate against Leptospirosis annually and Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Parvovirus every third year after the first booster vaccination. We currrently use "L2" vaccines against Leptospirosis as standard, although we also stock "L4" vaccines as well. Vaccinations against Kennel Cough, Rabies, Leishmania and Lymes Disease are also available.
Kittens require an initial course of two vaccines (3-4 weeks apart, from 9 weeks of age), with yearly boosters to maintain their protection. We routinely vaccinate against Rhinotracheitis, Coronvirus and Panleukopaenia (RCP - flu and enteritis) and Feline Leukaemia (unless your cat will never go outside). We use the Purevax range of vaccines which do not contain adjuvants which reduces the risk of reactions to the vaccine.
For Rabbits, we advise annual myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) vaccinations and also recommend VHD 2 vaccine to protect against the newer strains of this virus. VHD 2 vaccine is also administered annually, but must not be given within 2 weeks of the standard Myxo / VHD vaccines.
We also offer the option of vaccination titre testing for both dogs and cats. This involves taking a blood test to test antibody levels against certain diseases which we vaccinate against. If antibody levels are high enough then vaccination can be delayed for a year when the blood test is then repeated. It is worth noting, that antibody testing for vaccination is not available for Leptospirosis in dogs and Feline Leukaemia in Cats, so annual vaccination is still required against these pathogens. Please ask at the time of booking or at your appointment if you are interested in titre testing.