We are here to ensure your pets are protected with regular vaccinations to avoid the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases in the wider community, which in severe cases can prove fatal. Some conditions can be transferred to humans.
Dogs are vaccinated, with annual boosters recommended, against distemper, a virus disease which causes chest and gastro-intestinal damage which can cause brain damage or even death; the potentially fatal liver disease viral hepatitis and Leptospira canicola which causes kidney damage and Leptospira icetrohamorrhagiae, which affects mammals including humans causing severe liver and kidney damage.
Unless vaccinated, dogs are also at risk of parvovirus, which causes severe gastroenteritis and is fatal in almost half of cases.
Also, do not forget kennel cough, which although not compulsory is necessary if your dog is staying in kennels.
For cats, there are two main vaccines. One protects against cat flu, colds and viral enteritis while the other is against the Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV).
Feline viral enteritis carries a substantial risk of fatality but thanks to vaccinations, this is rare these days. Very few will survive the disease, which spreads between cats.
For advice on vaccinating your pet, please contact us at the surgery.