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Pets: Vaccinations

There are a number of highly infectious diseases in the UK that can be potentially fatal to our pets. There is no treatment for many of these diseases so providing protection with vaccinations is very important. By having an annual booster, your pet will also receive a full veterinary health check as well as helping to reduce to level of disease within the population.


We recommend that all puppies are vaccinated from 8 weeks of age and again at 10-11 weeks. This gives them good protection while they are vulnerable to disease. Following this, an annual booster is required to maintain lifelong protection. We routinely vaccinate dogs against a number of diseases:

Canine Distemper - A viral disease causing coughing, snotty nose, vomiting, diarrhoea, thickened pads and seizures.

Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- A viral disease causing severe liver failure.

Canine Parvovirus - A viral disease causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea that can be rapidly fatal in young puppies.

These vaccinations are very effective and boosters are given every
3 years.

Leptospirosis (Weil's disease) - A bacterial disease causing liver failure. It can be spread to humans and dogs that spend a lot of time in water are most at risk.

Canine Parainfluenza virus - A viral component of kennel cough causing a severe hacking cough.

Boosters against these diseases are given annually.

Kennel Cough - A severe hacking cough caused by a number of viruses and bacteria. It is highly infectious and we see periodic breakouts in the area. The vaccination is administered into the nose to work where it is needed. Many boarding kennels require this vaccination but any sociable dog that comes into contact with other dogs is at risk.

Rabies – A fatal virus transmissible to human. This vaccination is compulsory if your pet is travelling outside of the UK. Please contact us for details if you plan to travel abroad.


We recommend that all kittens are vaccinated from 9 weeks of age and a second injection 3 weeks later.

An annual booster is then needed to ensure continued protection. We can vaccinate against a number of feline diseases:

Feline Panleucopenia (Infectious Enteritis) - Similar to Canine Parvovirus, this disease causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, which can be fatal especially in young cats/kittens. This is an effective vaccine and last for 3 years.

Cat Flu - Debilitating disease causing sneezing, snooty nose, gunky eyes and mouth ulcers. It is rarely fatal but can be serious especial in young or old cats. It is caused by two viruses: Feline Herpes virus and Feline Calici virus. Secondary bacterial infections are also common. Once infected, most cats will carry these viruses with them for life and when stressed the symptoms may restart. We can vaccinate against these viruses but the protection given is short-lived and needs to be boosted annually. Occasionally, vaccinated cats can become infected but the symptoms are much milder.

Feline Leukaemia virus - A viral disease that can cause fatal cancers and reduces defences against other disease. It is almost always fatal. It is spread by direct contact with other cats and so we recommend this vaccination for all outdoor cats.

Rabies - A fatal virus transmissible to human. This vaccination is compulsory if your pet is travelling outside of the UK. Please contact us for details if you plan to travel abroad.


We strongly recommend vaccinating your rabbit against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). They are both fatal diseases that are relatively common in the UK. A new vaccination is now available that combines these disease in one injection that lasts for 12 months. You can vaccine your rabbit from 5 weeks of age. During the annual booster we can give your rabbit a general health exam including checking for dental problems.

If you have any questions regarding our vaccination protocol, please contact us.

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Week days (Monday-Friday) : 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Visitors to the surgery are welcome and we are happy to look after your pet should they require attention whilst on their holiday.We have convenient on-site parking and the practice is easily accessible by public transport (there is a bus stop directly opposite).

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