Protect your young pet against nasty diseases – make sure they are vaccinated regularly
Just as baby humans receive a course of vaccinations when they are very young, so do baby animals. Dogs, cats and rabbits are susceptible to a variety of specific illnesses and conditions, so it’s important that they are protected against certain diseases which could be fatal.
If you acquire an older pet that has never been vaccinated, don’t hesitate to bring them in to us. It’s never too late to give them the protection they need!
Puppies first vaccination is at 8 weeks and then 2 and 4 weeks after. So at 8 weeks they will have the DHPPi and L4 vaccines (explained below), then at 10 weeks DHPPi and finally at 12 weeks the last L4. They are usually not allowed to go outside in public – where other dogs have been – or mix with other dogs until their vaccination course is complete in case they pick up any illness. Puppy training classes and dog kennels will also not accept dogs that have not had at least their first vaccination.
Puppies are vaccinated against:-
- Distemper (D)
- Parainfluenza (Pi)
- Viral hepatitis (H)
- Parvovirus (P)
- Leptospirosis (L4)
These are normally combined into one injection, which is given quickly and often painlessly.
Your dog will then need to receive booster vaccinations annually, to ensure their immunity levels remain high enough to protect them. If you are planning to leave your dog in kennels at any point, it is also recommended that they receive the kennel cough vaccination.
Additional vaccines, for conditions like rabies, may be required if you intend on taking your dog on holiday with you. Just ask one of our friendly veterinary staff for advice about your particular destination, and they will be more than happy to help you.
Kittens can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age, and then again 3-4 weeks later.
They will receive protection against:-
- Feline influenza (cat flu)
- Infectious enteritis
- Feline leukaemia
All of these conditions can either be fatal if not treated, or can cause serious and lasting damage to the immune system, leaving your cat susceptible to a much bigger range of other problems.
Your cat will also require annual booster vaccinations to ensure they remain protected against these illnesses.
Kits (baby rabbits) should be vaccinated at around six weeks of age, against:-
- Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD)
Both of these illnesses are highly contagious and are usually fatal. Again, your bunny will need yearly boosters to keep their immunity levels up.