Keeping your animals up to date with their vaccinations is an important part of owning a pet.
Unless pets are vaccinated regularly, there is always the risk of an outbreak of infectious diseases in the wider community, which in severe cases can prove fatal. Some conditions can be transferred to humans.
Dogs are vaccinated, with annual boosters recommended, against:
- Distemper, a virus disease which causes chest and gastro-intestinal damage which can cause brain damage or even death;
- The liver disease viral hepatitis, which can be fatal;
- The bacterial disease leptospira canicola causes kidney damage and leptospira icetrohaeemorrhagiae, which affects mammals including humans causing severe liver and kidney damage;
- Parvovirus which causes severe gastroenteritis and is fatal in almost half of cases.
Don’t forget kennel cough, which although not compulsory is necessary if your dog is staying in kennels.
For cats, there are two main vaccines. One protects against cat flu. Colds and viral enteritis while the other is against the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV).
Feline viral enteritis carries a high risk of fatality but thanks to vaccination is rare these days. Very few cats, which develop the disease, will survive. FeLV is a virus spread between cats. There is no treatment to get rid of the virus.
These vaccines can be given from the age of nine weeks and the initial two doses can be administered together. You should make sure your cat has an annual booster.
Vaccinations are given against two rabbit disease – myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD).
If your pet is upset after any vaccination, please get in touch with us.