Why is vaccination important?
Each year many dogs of all ages become seriously ill or die from infectious diseases which could have been prevented through adequate immunisation. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk of;
- - Canine Distemper
- - Canine Parvovirus
- - Infectious Canine Hepatitis
- - Leptospirosis
- - Kennel Cough
And all unvaccinated cats are at risk of;
- - Feline Leukaemia
- - Feline Rhinotracheitis
- - Feline Calicivirus
- - Feline Enteritis
- The old saying 'Prevention is better than the cure' is very true with regards to preventative vaccination since there is no specific treatment for the viral diseases and therapy is often lenghty, expensive and not always successful. Ensuring yur pet is vaccinated is an important part of responsible pet ownership.
How vaccines work
Most vaccines are administered by a simple injection under your pets skin. This is normally done in the back of the neck. Kennel cough however is administered intranasally. Vaccines work by stimulating the bodys own defence system to produce protective antibodies in the blood. These protective antibodies protect against specific diseases. This protection is called immunity.
Vaccinations can be performed in cats and dogs from the age of 8 weeks. An initial course is given containing 2 vaccines. In dogs this is 2 weeks apart and in cats 3-4 weeks apart. This is followed by an annual top up booster. For dogs not every part of the vaccine is needed every year, however vaccination against leptospirosis is to be done at least every year. Your veterinary surgeon will advise you on the best vaccination protocol for your pet. It is very important that your pet has a health check with the veterinary surgeon every year.