There has been a very important additional benefit to pets
from the regular visits entailed in any vaccination program.
Your pet gets a full physical examination before the vaccine
is given and it is surprising how often we pick up a small
problem, before it becomes a big problem. This may be something
as simple as overgrown claws, before they become painful in-growing
claws, or a few kilograms of weight gain, before it becomes
clinical obesity. Sometimes it is a more serious issue such
as a cardiac arrhythmia or a mass in the abdomen. Either way,
early detection improves the odds of successful treatment.
We think of these visits as your pet's MOT and then vaccination
and worming and flea treatment, and all the other preventive
health care measures, are the annual service!
We routinely vaccinate dogs against seven different infectious
diseases, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and two strains of
Leptospirosis. Routinely we
would give a puppy two injections (one at 8 weeks and one
at 10 weeks of age) and he or she would have a full booster
a year later. Then we continue to vaccinate every year, but with a reduced booster (Leptospirosis only) for two years and a full booster every third year. This complies with the vaccine manufacturer's data
sheet recommendation and ensures the maximum level of group
immunity amongst the population of dogs that we are
Some clients, who are worried about over-vaccination,
opt to have their dogs blood tested each year to find out
what his or her antibody levels are to each component of the
vaccine and then vaccinate only against the diseases for which
the immunity levels have dropped dangerously low. We are very
happy to do this, for anyone who wishes, but it is significantly
more expensive than just following the data sheet vaccination
In addition, we vaccinate dogs against Rabies if they are
going to travel abroad and against Bordetella Bronchiseptica
(the bacterial component of Kennel Cough) if they are at high
risk of contracting this infectious bronchitis. Most boarding
kennels now insist on it.
We vaccinate cats against the two cat flu agents, Herpes virus
and Calici virus, the severe enteritis infection, Feline Panleucopoenia
virus, and also against Feline Leukaemia virus. Kittens get two injections,
one at 9 weeks and one at 12 weeks and then annual boosters
against all four diseases.
Feline Leukaemia virus transmission requires quite intimate
contact between cats (usually mating or fighting) so the owners
of indoor cats, that will never be allowed out to meet neighbouring
cats, may opt to do without that component of the vaccine.
We can protect rabbits against the ever present Myxomatosis
but it does require vaccination as a baby, any time from 8
weeks of age, and then a booster every 12 months to keep this
rather fragile immunity intact. We also vaccinate them against
Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, a fatal air-born virus, and
the two diseases are now covered in a single vaccine which needs boosting yearly.
We are confident of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines
we use and the staff all follow these regimes for their own