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Vaccinations - is your pet protected?

Did you know that unless regularly vaccinated, your dog or cat is at risk from several highly infectious and potentially fatal infectious diseases?

In cats we recommend regular vaccinations again Cat Flu, Panleucopenia, and Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV). Not everyone chooses to vaccinate against FeLV, but viral infections caused by it are now the most common cause of premature death in cats in the UK.

In dogs we routinely vaccinate against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and various strains of Leptospirosis.

None of these diseases has yet been eradicated although thankfully, as a result of vaccination, their incidence has been greatly reduced. Additionally, vaccination is the only reliable method of protecting against these diseases - there is no specific cure for them and treatment may not only be unsuccessful but also very costly.

The first vaccinations

Two or more vaccinations are given as a primary course at around 9 and 12 weeks for kittens, and 3 injections at 8, 10 and 12 weeks old for puppies, giving your pet immunity for the first year of life.  We also recommend Kennel Cough vaccination for puppies.

The annual booster and health examination

Immunity to infectious diseases is not indefinite, and will gradually fall over time leaving your pet at risk. Regular annual booster vaccinations are needed to stimulate your pet's immunity, thereby minimising the risk when challenged by a natural infection. At the same time, we like to carry out a thorough health examination, and also look at other aspects of pet health care such as worming, flea control and diets. This is also an ideal time to ask any questions you may have regarding your pet's health.

If you would like any further information on vaccinations or the annual health examination, please do not hesitate to call your branch surgery or our advice line.

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