Protect your pet: why routine vaccinations are important
We all want our pets to live happy and healthy lives – but without preventative healthcare they’re susceptible to a variety of illnesses, some of which can prove fatal.
That’s why you need to ensure you stay on top of routine vaccinations, which give your pet some much-needed extra protection.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the essential vaccinations your pet needs to combat common diseases.
Parks, kennels, training classes, doggy daycare centres – public places where other dogs are present increase your dog’s risk of picking up an infectious disease.
The most common of these which we can vaccinate against are Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Viral Hepatitis and Kennel Cough. Leptospirosis is a particularly nasty disease that your pet could potentially pass on to you, causing serious health difficulties for both of you.
Whether you’re adopting an older dog or taking home a young puppy, you don’t want to watch them suffer unnecessarily from one of these preventable infections.
We give puppies their first vaccinations at 8 weeks, with their second injection two weeks later and the third two weeks after the second. As an extra precaution, we also advise all owners to keep unvaccinated puppies away from public areas.
Once they’ve received their initial protection, annual booster injections are required to ensure life-long immunity.
Cats love to roam and explore, but that means they’ve got a much greater chance of coming into contact with infectious illnesses that’ll quickly bring their adventures to a stop.
With regular vaccination, you can protect them from Feline Influenza (cat flu), Infectious Enteritis and the Feline Leukaemia Virus.
As soon as your kitten reaches nine weeks, they should be brought into the practice to receive their first set of vaccines. We’ll give them a second injection 3-4 weeks afterwards.
But that’s not enough to sustain your cat’s health and happiness. Again, booster vaccines will be needed throughout their life to maintain protection.
It’s crucial that your rabbit is vaccinated as they’re very susceptible to two highly contagious infections – Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis.
Both diseases will leave your rabbit suffering and will most likely prove fatal, so don’t leave your pet unprotected.
To give them their best chance at fighting off such infections, they should be given their first set of vaccines at around six weeks old. Thereafter, yearly boosters will keep their resistance levels high.
Any cat or dog who had a vaccination more than 15 months ago will need to start their primary vaccinations again. During March we are offering the primary vaccination course for the same price as a booster. This means for you are saving £17 for a dog restarting their primary vaccinations and £19 for cats. During the vaccination appointment with one of our veterinary surgeons your pet will be given a nose to tail examination, which helps to keep them in tip top condition.
We want every dog, cat and rabbit that visits us to enjoy long lives free of health struggles, so pop in to make an appointment or contact us at our Redruth surgery on 01209 214737 or our Camborne surgery on 01209 718281 to make sure they receive these vital vaccines.