Why Vaccinate Your Pet?
Vaccinating your cat, dog, puppy or kitten is one of the most important things that you can do as a responsible and caring owner. It will help your pet to live a long and healthy life.
These vaccines stimulate the body to produce antibodies against the most common and contagious, life-threatening diseases that your dog or cat will come across during their lifetime. Many of these diseases either have no cure, or would involve long, expensive and often unsuccessful treatments for your pet.
When should I vaccinate?
During the first few weeks of your life, your puppy or kitten will be protected from disease by immunity passed on by the mother before birth and through her milk (these are known as naturally derived antibodies). Unfortunately, this immunity only lasts until your puppy or kitten is around 12 weeks of age. This is why it is so important to get the vaccinations completed as soon as possible.
We recommend that puppies have their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks, and their second 4 weeks later.
In cats, the first vaccination can be given at 8-9 weeks old in kittens, with the second 3-4 weeks later.
After the primary course, an annual ‘booster’ vaccination is essential, providing your loved pet with continuous protection. Annual boosters are very important as, unlike humans, the effect of vaccination only lasts a limited time.