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Pet vaccinations:

The Whats, the Whys and the Hows

Why vaccinate?

As a pet owner, you’re responsible for your animal’s welfare. Vaccinations are a vital part of this. They protect your pet against a range of common diseases that may be life threatening and expensive to cure.

In fact, pet insurance won’t usually cover you for the treatment of diseases that could have been vaccinated against.

Dog vaccinations

Your vet will recommend the correct vaccinations for your dog. These could include vaccinating against:

  • Canine Distemper, a serious viral disease

  • Hepatitis

  • Parvovirus, which is often fatal to dogs

  • Leptospirosis, which often causes life-threatening liver and kidney damage

  • Kennel cough

When should you vaccinate your dog?

Puppies can get their first vaccination course from approximately eight weeks old. They shouldn’t come into contact with other dogs until they are fully vaccinated.

Cat vaccinations

Your vet will recommend the correct vaccinations for your cat. These could include vaccinating against:

  • Cat flu, a very infectious viral disease which can be fatal to cats

  • Feline Leukaemia, which can devastate the white blood cells and leave the immune system very vulnerable

  • Feline Infectious Enteritis, a highly infectious viral disease

  • Feline Chlamydia, which can often cause conjunctivitis and leave your cat vulnerable to other viruses

When should you vaccinate your cat?

A kitten can be vaccinated at around nine weeks. As with dogs, you should keep cats inside and away from other animals until they are fully vaccinated.

How much do vaccinations cost?

Contact your vet for vaccinations and booster prices.

Keep vaccination records

Your vet will keep a record of all the vaccinations they have given your pets, but it’s a good idea to keep certificates in a safe place in case you need to show them to a kennel, for overseas travel and so on.

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