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Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD)

Soya and Danielle

Myxomatosis

Myxomatosis is a virus spread by fleas, mites and mosquitoes. Symptoms include puffy swellings around the face, blindness, high fever and usually death within 10-14 days. This condition is widespread in British wild rabbits. Since the disease us spread by biting insects, even indoor rabbits can be, and often are infected. There is no specific treatment and recovery is rare. It is therefore important to focus on prevention and protection.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is also prevalent in British wild rabbits. It causes high fever, internal bleeding and liver disease. It is almost always fatal. Pet rabbits may be found dead with bloodstained fluid at their nose or no other visible signs. It is spread by rabbit-to-rabbit contact and persists in the environment (eg carriers). There is no treatment so vaccination is essential.

Prevention and protection

Rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit (Viral) Haemorrhagic Disease, to help protect against possible suffering. There is a new vaccination which combines Myxomatosis and RHD. This only needs to be given annually but we recommend a 6 month check up too as a lot can change in 6 months.

Ensure your pets are treated for fleas, as infection can be spread by insects. You should also regularly clean and disinfect your rabbit’s enclosure. If possible, prevent contact with wild or affected domestic rabbits and keep hutches away from ponds that may collect mosquitoes.

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 http://www.tiptreevets.co.uk or http://www.willows-vets.co.uk

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A guide to first vaccinations

Don with two kittens

Immunity and vaccination

Immunity is the body’s natural ability to fight infection. Puppies and kittens are usually protected during the first few weeks, thanks to immunity passed through the mother’s first milk. However this immunity fades rapidly, leaving them suseptible to disease. Vaccinations increase the likelihood of immunity by exposing the body to a small, harmless dose of the disease.

Initial vaccinations

Puppies need 2 injections at 8 and 10 weeks of age. Breeds susceptible to Parvovirus should get a third vaccination at 16 weeks of age. The first annual vaccination at 15 months is critical.

Kittens need 2 injections at 9 and 12 weeks of age. The first annual vaccination is very important.

Rabbits need 2 injections at 6 and 8 weeks of age.

When your pet has their vaccinations, the vet will also give them a general health check.

Meeting other pets

It is important that puppies and kittens learn to socialise with other animals. It is important to wait a couple of weeks after the vaccinations for immunity to develop. The vet will then let you know that your pet is ready to meet others.

Vaccinations in Adult Animals

Immunity to diseases may fade. It’s therefore necessary for your pet to have booster vaccinations.

Dogs should be vaccinated every 2 years against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza and every year against Leptospirosis and Bordetella. They should also be vaccinated against Rabies every 2 years if travelling.

Cats should be vaccinated yearly against Rhinotracheitis, Leukemia and Calici virus. They should also be vaccinated every 2 years against Rabies if travelling and Parvovirus. We also recommend vaccinations against Bordetella and Chlamydia in breeding colonies.

Rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis every 6 months and VHD every year. Ferrets should be vaccinated against Distemper every year.

Vaccination records

You’ll be given a certificate that contains a record of the vaccination and tells your when your next booster is due. You will need this certificate when attending boarding kennels, training classes and your vet, so make sure you keep it in a safe place.

 

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.

Vaccinations

Don with two kittens

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.

Dog Vaccines

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.

Cat Vaccines

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.

Primary Vaccinations

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.

Health Check

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

The VIP scheme

Lucy and Mojo

The Aims of the Assisi Veterinary Group VIP Club.

– To allow members to pay a small sum each month towards preventative healthcare, instead of one large amount at each annual vaccination.

– To provide preventative healthcare at a discounted rate.

– To supply carefully selected products aimed at safety and efficacy.

– To be sensitive to the needs of both the patients and the clients belonging to the VIP Club, making changes where needed to give them the very best service possible.

The VIP Plan includes:

– Discounted Booster vaccinations for dogs, cats and rabbits.

– Discounted Worming at quarterly intervals for adult dogs and cats and monthly for puppies and kittens. We carefully select the safest and most effective wormers.

– Discounted Flea and Mite control.  Monthly for cats and dogs,  6 monthly for rabbits

– Free 6 monthly examination

– Free Nail trims and Anal Gland expression as often as needed.

– 20% off microchips with a free replacement if they malfunction.

– 10% off all dental work unless covered by insurance policy, in which case we offer other benefits.

– 5% off pet accessories and diets, including prescription diets.

Pet Insurance is not included in the VIP Plan and it will not cover illness and injuries.

The Plan was aimed at the costs that are not covered by insurance.

To claim the benefits:

At the time of each annual vaccination, you will be given the correct wormers and flea treatment to cover six months.  Six months later, a nurse or a vet will examine your pet at no extra charge and if healthy, they will dispense a further six month’s supply of wormers and flea treatment.

Multiple animals.

The second pet gets 50p off per month and the third and subsequent pets get £1.00 off per month.

When to join.

The Plan is essentially a prepayment plan and as a reward, you benefit from the 10% discount. The best time to join is either as a puppy or kitten. For adult, the optimum time is just after an annual vaccination, so that the payment for the benefits is covered by the time you come in 6 months later.

Puppy VIP Scheme

8 wk: Frontline Flea treatment, Panacur wormer,
Vet Health check and 1st Vaccination
10 wk: Panacur wormer,
Vet Health check and 2nd Vacc/microchip

4 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment
and Nurse Health check
5 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
6 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment,
Vet Health check, Bordetella and Neuter
7 mth:  Advocate wormer/flea treatment
8 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
9 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment
and Nurse Health check
10 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
11 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
12mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
13 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
14 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment

 Payments are made monthly from 6-14 months

Kitten VIP Scheme:

9 wk: Frontline Flea treatment,  Panacur wormer,
Vet Health check and 1st Vaccination
12 wk: Panacur wormer,
Vet Health check  and 2nd Vacc/microchip

4 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment
and Nurse Health check
5 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
6 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment,
Vet Health check, Bordetella and Neuter
7 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
8 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
9 mth: Advocate Droncit wormer/flea treatment
and Nurse Health check
10 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
11 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
12 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
13 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment
14 mth: Advocate wormer/flea treatment

Payments are made monthly from 6-14 months

 

If you would like any more information then phone 01621 818282 (Tiptree Veterinary Centre) or 01206 561407 (Willows Veterinary Centre).