Vaccinations

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As responsible pet owners, we know you would like to ensure that your pet is vaccinated against preventable diseases. Both cats and dogs can catch diseases which may in the worst cases be fatal even with supportive therapy. The protection given to your pet from vaccination is unfortunately not lifelong so your pet will require regular booster vaccinations to maintain its protection. The benefits of vaccination and its complementary health check far outweigh the potential costs and consequences of any disease that may be preventable.

Dog Vaccinations

The vaccination course that we offer protects your dog against Distemper and Canine Infectious Hepatitis two fatal diseases of dogs, Canine Parvovirus which is a severe haemorrhagic gastroenteritis that can be fatal especially in puppies, Leptospirosis which is a liver and kidney disease that on occasion can be passed onto humans with serious consequences and Canine Parainfluenza Virus which is a respiratory condition. These diseases can be spread directly from dog to dog but also from coming into contact with places and objects where other dogs have been such as the park or even lampposts on the street corner, dogs have even been known to have become infected when the infectious agent has been brought into the home on the clothing/shoes of the owner. Dogs are more likely to pick up diseases if they mix together with large numbers of other dogs, i.e. going to the kennels, dog training classes, dog shows or even somewhere a lot of dogs are walked like the local park.

  • Puppy Vaccination - It is possible to vaccinate puppies from 6 weeks old, however we recommend that puppies have their first vaccination at 8 weeks old, with the second dose being given at 10 weeks old. An adult dog whose vaccinations have lapsed would have two vaccinations 2 weeks apart. We would recommend that animals that have finished a primary course of vaccination are not taken out for walks or meeting other dogs until 10 days after their second primary vaccination.
  • Why your dog needs booster vaccinations - Primary pet vaccinations do not cover your animal for the rest of their life, regular annual booster vaccinations are required. The annual health check that is included with the vaccination can sometimes highlight areas of concern with your pet, or may simply reassure you of your pets good health. Early detection of some diseases may bring benefits and a quick check to ensure your pets microchip is working can bring peace of mind.

We also offer a yearly vaccination against Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is a highly contagious respiratory diseas caused by a variety of bacteria and viruses. It got its name due to it being commonly seen in dogs that have recently been in kennels due to large numbers of dogs mixing in a relatively confined space. Your dog however doesn’t need to go to kennels to contract Kennel Cough it only needs to go somewhere an infected dog has coughed such as the park. We would strongly recommend that if your dog frequently mixes with other dogs such as at shows or training classes or is going into kennels that your dog should be vaccinated against this condition.The vaccination protects your dog against Bordetella bronchiseptica the most common bacteria implicated in Kennel cough. This vaccine is given as drops into the nose and can be given at the same time as the yearly booster.

Cat Vaccinations

The cat vaccination course that we recommend protects your cat from a number of highly infectious and potentially fatal diseases. The vaccine protects your cats against both strains of cat flu (herpes virus and calici virus), Feline Panleucopaenia is an invariably fatal disease of cats that is related to Parvovirus in dogs and also against Feline Leukaemia Virus which causes cancer. If your cat lives in a multi-pet environment they may be at particular risk. For many conditions there is a simple protection in the form of pet vaccinations. Ensuring that your cat receives a course of pet vaccinations and then receives booster jabs is important if you want to keep your cat fit and healthy.

  • Kitten vaccinations - It is possible to vaccinate Kittens from 9 weeks old, with the second dose being given at 12 weeks old. An adult cat whose vaccinations have lapsed would have two vaccinations 3 weeks apart. We would recommend that animals that have finished a primary course of vaccination are not let outside until 10-14 days after their second primary vaccination.
  • Why your cat needs booster vaccinations - Primary vaccinations do not cover your cat for the rest of their life, regular annual booster vaccinations are required. The annual health check that is included with the vaccination can sometimes highlight areas of concern with your pet, or may simply reassure of your pets good health. Early detection of some diseases may bring benefits and a quick check to ensure your pets microchip is working can bring peace of mind.

Rabbit Vaccinations

A single vaccine is now available which protects your rabbit against both Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease which are two fatal diseases of rabbits. Pet rabbits are at risk of contracting these diseases from close proximity to wild rabbits but do not require direct contact to catch these diseases. The vaccine is given annually as a single vaccination and can be given from 5 weeks of age.

Pet Health Schemes

At Palmer and Duncan we strongly believe in the benefits that routine vaccination and parasite control make to the wellbeing of our patients. We have therefore developed a Practice Health Scheme to make routine vaccination and parasite control for cats and dogs easier and more affordable for our clients. The health scheme provides not only a discounted price for annual vaccinations, flea and worm control for a year it also includes a free six month check-up examination and enables you to spread the cost over 12 months.