Vaccinations are a very important part of the preventative health care we provide, helping to reduce the risk of serious infectious diseases for our pets.Included in our Pet Care Plan
What Is A Vaccine?
Vaccines are biological agents administered to your healthy pet so that your animal has immunity against particular diseases or conditions. Vaccinations generally contain tiny doses of de-activated microorganisms that stimulate your pet’s immune system.
Immunity starts within a few days after the first dose but research has shown that the full cover and longer-lasting effect is approximately 2 weeks after the second dose. This is the reason why it is recommended not to socialise your pet (particularly a puppy) before the second dose.
Subsequently, a booster dose is required on an annual basis to ensure the immunity response doesn’t decrease and your pet stays protected. Once the ‘safe’ time for the booster dose elapses (3 months over one year in dogs and cats) your pet will need a restart course consisting of two injections, similar to the very first vaccination course.
What Are The Benefits?
Vaccinations protect your pet against many diseases, some being deadly.
Vaccinating your pet will help you avoid costly treatments.
Most importantly, ensure your pet lives a healthy and long life.
Feline Calicivirus – Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a highly contagious virus that is one of the major causes of upper respiratory infections (URIs) or cat flu in cats.
Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus – Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an upper respiratory infection of the nose and throat in cats.
Feline Panleukopenia Virus – Also known as FPV, feline parvovirus and feline infectious enteritis, is a nasty virus that attacks the guts, immune system and sometimes, the heart. Sadly, FPV often causes severe illness and sometimes death.
Feline Leukaemia Virus – Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) is a virus that attacks the immune system and causes cancers such as lymphoma and leukaemia. Cats with FeLV have an increased risk of developing other infections and diseases.
Rabies vaccination – Essential if travelling with your cat. Rabies is a viral disease that specifically affects a cat’s central nervous system (CNS).
When To Vaccinate Your Pet?
Primary vaccination is made up of two doses, approximately two weeks a part.
To keep your pet protected you will need yearly vaccinations known as boosters.
If it has been more than 15 months since the last booster your pet should restart the vaccination course.