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 antibodiesagainst 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 you pet.
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 having the first vaccination at 6 weeks old in puppies and 9 weeks old in cats.
The second vaccination is then given 3 – 4 weeks later.
Here at Foxcotte Veterinary Group, we use one of the latest brands of vaccine for dogs called Versican Plus. The main benefit of Versican Plus is that puppies are able to go for ‘clean’ walks immediately after their 2nd vaccination. This means that puppies are able to begin socialising earlier which is vital as part of their development and will help greatly in later life.
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.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – ‘CAT FLU’
Feline Panleucopenia – cat ‘Parvo’ or Enteritis
Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Infectious Tracheobronchitis – ‘Kennel cough’
We are fortunate at Foxcotte to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusuastic staff.