Unlike immunisation in people, it is essential to get your pet vaccinated annually as some pet vaccines only last for 12 months. If you are late, you may have to start your pet’s course again with two injections – adding extra cost to your preventative healthcare programme. It is for this reason that we send all City Road clients regular reminders through the post when vaccines are due. Why not join our Healthy Pet Club? Ask at reception, it will save on your regular pet fees.
Whilst clearly very important, the vaccination that your pet receives every year is only a very small part of what we do during your annual visit. The ‘health examination’ that we carry out at the same time is actually the most important part of preventative health care for your pet.
Most vaccines are given by injection under the fold of skin at the neck of your pet – in most cases your pet will barely notice. For kennel cough prevention, the vaccine is given into the nostril of your dog. Your pet will probably sneeze and lick the nose after – this is perfectly normal and is part of the vaccination process.
Kitten and Puppy Programmes
Our kitten and puppy programmes involve regular health examinations as well as vaccinations during the early months. All at the same cost as many vets charge for the vaccinations alone. This way your pet can get to know all of our caring staff. Trips to the vets do not have to be scary!
Adult Cat and Dog Vaccines
Cats are vaccinated against viruses that cause severe flu-like symptoms, feline Leukaemia virus – a cancer-inducing disease of cats and against Panleukopaenia virus – a fatal gastroenteritis. In kittens the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 9 and 12 weeks.
Dogs are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. A vaccine for Kennel Cough is recommended in high risk situations such as those experienced when taking your dog to kennels and shows.
In puppies the initial course of two vaccinations is administered at 6-7 weeks and 10 weeks of age. This allows early socialization under controlled low-risk situations from 10 weeks of age and puppies are ready to face the world fully at 13 weeks.
Subsequently, dogs and cats require annual vaccination, although not necessarily against all of the infectious diseases already listed – We will always advise you on the components required each year and help your pet avoid unnecessary vaccinations and to help you save on costs.
Rabies vaccination, for obtaining a ‘Pet Passport’, is required at least every two years, although when visiting certain countries, annual vaccination is needed – ask the Vet for more advice.
Your rabbit should be vaccinated against both Myxomatosis and VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease). Rabbits can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age. The VHD vaccine is given 2 weeks after the Myxomatosis vaccine.