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Dog Vaccination

Keeping up to date with vaccinations is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner.  Vaccines act by stimulating your pets’ immune system to protect them against life-threatening diseases.  Only healthy animals should be vaccinated to ensure that this protective response develops properly.

In our practice we use a vaccine in dogs and puppies to protect against the following diseases:

  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Distemper
  • Leptospirosis (4 strains)


Puppies require a primary vaccination course.  This consists of 2 injections given 2-4 weeks apart.  Puppies can start their vaccinations from 6 weeks of age, but they must be at least 10 weeks old when they receive their second injection.  The onset of immunity is 2 weeks after the second injection for parvo/hepatitis/distemper, when it is then safe to take your pup out and about.  The onset of immunity is 3 weeks for leptospirosis so it is important to avoid dirty water course/puddles or areas where there are rats during this period.

Your puppy will then require a ‘booster’ vaccination one year after the second vaccination.

Thereafter adult dogs require an annual booster vaccination to maintain immunity. Some components of the vaccine give immunity for 3 years and as such we only vaccinate against these components every 3 years. A yearly booster vaccination is required against Leptospirosis.

Kennel Cough Vaccination

Protection against kennel cough requires a separate vaccine from your pets’ annual booster. The vaccination protects against two components of the Kennel Cough Syndrome – Bordetella Bronchiseptica Para-influenza Virus. This is an intranasal vaccine which provides immunity from 72 hours after administration and which lasts for 12 months.

Kennel cough in dogs is a syndrome which can be caused by several different viruses and bacteria. It is very infectious and can spread rapidly from dog to dog. As the name suggests it is common in kennelled dogs, but also in any environment where dogs are in close contact such as shows, training classes or even on a busy beach.

The vaccination protects against two components of the Kennel Cough Syndrome – Bordetella Bronchiseptica Para-influenza Virus. 

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection which can be spread to dogs via infected ticks. The infection causes an infectious arthritis causing recurrent lameness. A vaccine is now available to help protect against this disease.

Cat Vaccination

Keeping up to date with vaccinations is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner.  Vaccines act by stimulating your pets’ immune system to protect them against life-threatening diseases.  Only healthy animals should be vaccinated to ensure that this protective response develops properly.

In our practice we use a vaccine in cats and kittens to protect against the following diseases:

  • Feline Panleucopenia ( Enteritis)
  • Feline Calicivirus (cat flu)
  • Feline Herpesvirus (cat flu)
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus

Primary vaccination courses for all kittens and non-vaccinated cats requires 2 injections given 3-4 weeks apart, from 9 weeks of age or older.  Thereafter an annual booster vaccination is administered to ensure ongoing protection.

Rabbit Vaccination

Myxomatosis and RHD are fatal diseases in rabbits. To prevent these diseases  rabbits can be vaccinated. To be fully covered your rabbit needs two injections the 1st one can be given from five weeks of age and covers both Myxomatosis and certain strains of RHD. The second vaccination covers the other strains of RHD and can be given from ten weeks of age or two weeks after the 1st vaccination (where the the rabbit is then over ten weeks of age).

Rabies Vaccination – dogs, cats and ferrets

Vaccination against rabies is compulsory in many countries due to the risk of passing this dangerous and fatal disease to humans. Currently we are lucky to be free from rabies in the UK. However, if you are planning to take your pet abroad then rabies vaccination will be required as part of the UK Pet Travel Scheme (PETS).