Vaccinations

Vaccinations

We strongly recommend vaccinating your dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets.
We will look at each individual and recommend a vaccination and parasite strategy tailored to your pet and their specific risk.
Parvovirus in particular has been on the rise in the last few year, possibly linked to lower vaccination level in the general dog population, this is a serious and potentially fatal disease.
There has also been a rise in Leptospirosis and this can be a risk to humans too, it is important to keep up to date with yearly vaccines.

Dog and Puppy Vaccinations

baileypuppyWe recommend injecting all dogs against Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

First vaccinations are generally started at 7-9 weeks and second vaccinations need to be when the puppies are  10 weeks or older, with a 3-4 week gap in between.We stock Versican and Nobivac, as we find many have had a first vaccine with the breeder and the second vaccine must be the same brand,  so there are slight differences on when they can go out, we will discuss this at your visit.  We may recommend  extra later vaccinations at 16-20 weeks  for certain breeds such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers.
It is important that the first booster is given on time one year later to ensure immunity is kept high.  We shall send email and text reminders but please do not rely on hearing from us to book this in. It will cost you more to re start.

Leptospirosis is a yearly vaccine, as is parainfluenza the viral part of kennel cough so it is still important to have yearly vaccines but we have chosen a modern vaccine so that the other components only need boosting every 3 years after this. We have chosen to use the newest Leptospirosis vaccine which covers for more strains which are emerging in this country and are common abroad.
For more information see our blog https://www.emscotevets.co.uk/uncategorized/intorducing-the-new-nobivac-lepto-4-vaccination/
Kennel Cough vaccination is not an injection but administered straight into the nose to create a local immunity.  We have chosen a vaccination with action against the virus Parainfluenza, and the bacteria Bordatella, to give the best cover for your pets.
This is a yearly vaccine and we would strongly recommend you consider this as a routine as there have been regular kennel cough outbreaks in the local area over the last few years.  Contrary to popular belief it is not only spread in kennels but where ever dogs have contact, so anywhere you walk .
Dogs which travel abroad may also require Rabies vaccinations and a passport. This need to be done at least 3 full weeks before travelling and the minimum age for vaccination is 12 weeks .
There is also now a vaccine for Leishmaniasis, a potentially fatal disease, which would be relevant for many areas of travel. For more details on taking your pet abroad talk to us or read these links
http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/

Cat and Kitten Vaccinations

kittenshoeWe would recommend all cats are vaccinated against Cat flu and Infectious Enteritis.  Outdoor cats should be vaccinated against Leukaemia which is a virus and spread by close contact, licking and biting. It can cause fatal anaemias and tumours. Chlamydia vaccination is also appropriate for some cats. Please talk to us about your cat’s lifestyle so we can ensure we choose the most appropriate vaccine course for your cat.
Kittens can have their first vaccination at 9 weeks and their second 3-4 weeks later.  Cats require annual vaccinations.

Cats travelling abroad may need rabies vaccination.

 

Rabbit Vaccinations

eloiseThere is now one core vaccination available, a combined myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease yearly vaccine which can be done from 5 weeks old.  It is very important that all rabbits are vaccinated even in towns as the viruses are carried by fleas and biting insects and we have had fatal cases of myxomatosis in Warwick in pet rabbits in the last year.  RHD is also untreatable and fatal.

Recently there has been confirmed cases of a different strain of  RHD, and we stock Filavac RHD which can be given 2 weeks after the combined vaccine to give protection against RHD2. The latest news updates can be found on the Rabbit Welfare Association website.

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