Preventing Pet Diseases
Your family dog, cat, rabbit or ferret should be vaccinated against potentially fatal, but thankfully preventable, diseases. Prior to vaccination, your pet’s health is assessed, a full physical examination is performed, any questions are answered and advice is given on flea, tick, heartworm and worm control.
Puppies are vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and bordetella (the latter two known as kennel cough) at two, three and four months. Whilst we may recommend annual or three-yearly vaccinations for dogs it is important to continue your pet’s protection against these serious preventable diseases. An annual heartworm injection prevents this killer disease. Remember, dogs are required to have vaccinations before admission to boarding kennels.
For cats we advise vaccination against rhinotracheitis, calicivirus (cat flu) and feline infectious enteritis. Vaccinations are required at two, three and four months of age with annual boosters thereafter.
Rabbits should be vaccinated for calicivirus every ten to twelve months. If the initial vaccination is performed before 12 weeks of age, a booster vaccination will be required four weeks later.