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Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an essential part of responsible pet ownership and are key in preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases in animals. They help maintain the health and well-being of your furry friend and stimulate the immune system to produce a protective response, reducing the risk and severity of diseases.

It’s important that you keep on top of their preventative health care to keep them healthy and happy.

Which vaccines does my pet need?

The specific vaccines your pet needs depend on factors such as their species, age, lifestyle, and geographic location. Core vaccines, recommended for all pets, protect against highly contagious and potentially fatal diseases. Non-core vaccines are optional and may be recommended based on individual circumstances.

In puppies we vaccinate against:

  • Distemper

  • Hepatitis

  • Parvovirus enteritis

  • Parainfluenza

  • Leptospirosis

  • Kennel cough (optional)

  • Rabies (optional)

In kittens we vaccinate against:

When should I start vaccinating my pet?

Puppies and kittens typically start their vaccination series at around 6 to 8 weeks of age. The vaccination schedule varies depending on the vaccine and the veterinarian's recommendations. Adult pets should receive regular booster shots to maintain their immunity.

Are there any side effects of vaccinations?

Most pets tolerate vaccines well with minimal side effects. However, some may experience mild reactions such as soreness at the injection site, mild fever, or lethargy.

 

How often will they need vaccinations?

Your puppy / kitten will need a primary course of two vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart. After this, they will just need to come back once a year for an annual vaccination.

 

My cat doesn’t go outside, do they still need vaccinating?

Yes, even if your cat doesn't go outside, it is still important to keep them up-to-date with vaccinations. Indoor pets can still be exposed to certain diseases, either through contact with other animals or by exposure to organisms brought into the home.

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