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Vaccination

We consider protecting your puppy or kitten against some of the major fatal infectious diseases to be an essential part of our service to you. Most puppies and kittens move to their new home at around 6 weeks old and we are more than happy to do a free health check soon after arrival in your home. We do ask that your pet has settled in at home for a week before vacination is commenced. This is to help achieve maximum protection and safety for your pet.

We send yearly vaccine reminders in the post to help you remember when your pet's vaccines are due.

LeptospirosisVaccine 

We now use Nobivac Lepto 4 vaccine which gives protection against 4 varieties of Leptospirosis. 

This doubles the protection for your dog. Your dog needs an initial course of 2 vaccinations 4 weeks apart followed by single yearly boosters.

Vaccinating puppies and dogs

This is started from 8 weeks of age with the second distemper vaccination at 10 weeks old and the second leptospirosis vaccine 2 weeks later. Your puppy can go for walks 2 weeks after the second leptospirosis vaccine. This is followed by a full booster at 15 months of age. In line with modern thinking and the advice given by our vaccine suppliers, Intervet UK, for dogs full boosters (DHPPi/L4) are then given every 3 years with part boosters (P/L4) on the other years. The diseases covered by our vaccines are distemper and hard pad, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza virus, and one type of kennel cough agent.

Vaccinating kittens and cats

This starts from 9 weeks of age with the second vaccination 3 weeks later. This is followed by yearly boosters. The diseases covered by our vaccines are infectious enteritis, cat flu and feline leukaemia. We include the enteritis, cat flu & leukaemia vaccine in out kitten vaccine packages for maximum protection.

Rabbit vaccination

This starts from 10 weeks of age and we use vaccines to protect against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.

SEE our special vaccination package offers for

PUPPIES     KITTENS     

WHY WE NEED TO VACCINATE OUR PETS

Early immunisation against life threatening infectious pet diseases saves many lives.   Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to disease and should be vaccinated to ensure their health and survival, and boost their natural immunity.  

MSD Animal Health has pioneered an approach to pet vaccination that minimises the number of vaccinations required and defines them into two categories - core and non-core.  Core vaccinations should be given to every pet, and non-core vaccinations to those animals that have a lifestyle that puts them at particular risk for certain diseases.   More on this is explained throughout the website.

Infectious Diseases

There are certain infectious diseases you should protect your pet against, depending on its individual lifestyle.    

  • For puppies and dogs, vaccinations against parvovirus, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis and leptospirosis, are considered “core”.  
  • Kittens and cats should to be protected against cat 'flu (viral and/or bacterial), feline leukaemia and panleucopaenia.  
  • Rabbits, consideration should be given to protecting against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.

For pets that stay in kennels or catteries, special attention should be given to exposure of infectious diseases like canine infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), Bordetella bronchiseptica and cat ‘flu complex.    

Why do puppies & kittens need 2 vaccines?

Young animals generally receive a primary course that consists of two doses, administered a number of weeks apart.

Maternal immunity is conferred on the puppy or kitten in its mother's first milk. This declines over the first few weeks, but while levels remain high this can interfere with the efficacy of the vaccine. Two doses ensure early protection against disease if this acquired maternal immunity is inadequate and also aims to provide a smooth transition from maternal to vaccinal protection. The potential for an "immunity gap" when puppies and kittens could prove susceptible to infection is thereby minimised.

In addition some vaccines actually require a two-dose initial course to produce their maximum immunity. This is particularly true of 'killed' vaccines, such as those for leptospirosis in dogs.

Are yearly boosters needed?

Each pet responds differently. Legally, the manufacturer’s authorisation to sell the vaccine and the recommendations for its use are based on the minimum period of protection for any animal vaccinated with the product in question.

Major studies have already been carried out to determine whether this minimum period can be extended. As a result, some vaccines are now licensed to protect pets for up to three years against some diseases.

However, it is vital to realise that for some diseases, protection is much shorter. Especially for Leptospirosis in dogs – no vaccine will protect your pet for more than a year. This is real data, rather than the result of the licensing authorities taking time to catch up: studies have shown that even with one of the best leptospirosis vaccines, protection starts to decline after about 12 months.

Yes :

Annual boosters are still necessary against some diseases. But not all.

We suggest vaccination against:

  • Distemper every 3 years.
  • Parvovirus every year (although it is licensed for 3 years)
    • as we do have local flare ups of Parvovius
  • Leptospirosis every year as it is a dead vaccine.

Our practice policy is to follow the programme below

Please note that protection against leptospirosis still requires an annual vaccination with Nobivac® Lepto 4 or equivalent.

8 weeksNobivac DHPPi + Nobivac Lepto 4
10 weeks

12 weeks
Nobivac DHPPi 

Nobivac Lepto 4
1st annual boosterNobivac DHPPi + Nobivac Lepto 4
2nd annual boosterNobivac P + Nobivac Lepto 4
3rd annual boosterNobivac P + Nobivac Lepto 4
4th annual boosterNobivac DHPPi + Nobivac Lepto 4
5th annual boosterNobivac P + Nobivac Lepto 4
6th annual boosterNobivac P + Nobivac Lepto 4
7th annual boosterNobivac DHPPi + Nobivac Lepto 4

Vaccine Reactions

As with any medicinal product, whether for human or animal use, an adverse reaction is possible. But serious adverse reactions are exceptionally rare. Pet vaccines are tested thoroughly for both safety and efficacy.

Claims by an anti-vaccine group, that vaccination causes high level of illness, were recently investigated in a independent epidemiological study involving almost 4,000 dogs. There was no evidence to suggest that dogs suffered any increased level of illness after vaccination.

No pet owner is under any legal or other obligation to vaccinate their animals – it’s something we recommend simply because it offers a significant health benefit: it protects your pet from serious illness.

Are combination vaccines more likely to provoke adverse reactions than single shots?

There is no intrinsic additional risk.

Combination vaccines must be tested as combinations and compared to the single components in respect of both safety and efficacy. There is no evidence to suggest that the combination vaccines currently available for pets are less safe or efficacious than single products.