Vaccinations were developed to protect animals against infectious diseases that are difficult to treat and ones that can often be fatal. The diseases are difficult to control as the dog conditions can be spread by foxes and pests such as rats and the feline ones by feral cats.
Recently there have been outbreaks of Parvovirus which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea especially in puppies and often results in death. There have also been cases of Leptospirosis.
We endeavour to use vaccines that will cover the important diseases and last longer so we do not over vaccinate. Our puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis and depending on their age, Coronavirus. We offer rabies vaccinations which are essential for travelling overseas.
Our kittens are protected against Snuffles, Cat Flu and we would recommend Feline Leukaemia as well as there is a lot of Leukaemia in our area. Cats also need rabies vaccinations if travelling abroad.
Initial vaccinations are given at 8 weeks of age in a puppy and at 9 weeks in a kitten. The second vaccination is given 3-4 weeks later as we have to boost the first vaccination so it will then give cover for at least a year. If vaccinations are not kept up to date then we would restart the course as the immunity to these diseases fades with time.
A vaccination is only given to healthy animals so we would always book you in to start a course of injections with a veterinarian so that they can just check that your pet is fit for the injection. If there is any possibility of an illness we would try to treat that illness first so that the immune system can respond to the vaccine properly.
If you would like any more information then phone 01621 818282 (Tiptree Veterinary Centre) or 01206 561407 (Willows Veterinary Centre) to book an appointment with one of our vets. You can also visit our websites at www.tiptreevets.co.uk or www.willows-vets.co.uk