Vaccinations help to protect against preventable life threatening diseases.
New pets are exciting. However, it’s extremely important they’re given the very best start in life to ensure they grow into a healthy and happy companion.
At Chapel House Vets we recommend that all new pets get a health check with one of our veterinary surgeons. This way we can ensure that all is well with your pet’s health, feeding, parasite control and behaviour.
This does not just include puppies and kittens! Any new pet is welcome to visit us for a check up.
A vaccination is an injection that is given to an animal to protect them against harmful diseases. In most cases, pets require two primary vaccinations a few weeks apart. After this they will only require an annual booster vaccination to keep their immunity levels high.
Vaccinating your dog
Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 8 weeks old, and their second a couple of weeks later. They can be vaccinated against:
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Distemper Virus
- Infectious Canine Hepatitis
- Kennel Cough
Vaccinating your cat
Kittens should receive their first vaccination at 9 weeks old, and their second 3 weeks later. They can be vaccinated against:
- Cat Flu Viruses
- Infectious Enteritis
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
Vaccinating your rabbit
Baby rabbits (kits) require vaccinations from 10 weeks old. This can protect them against:
- Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) 1
- Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) 2
Spread the cost of essential healthcare for your pet
When it comes to your pet’s routine health care – their vaccinations, health checks and parasite control – you don’t always want to have to pay a large, one-off bill each time you visit the vet do you? That’s why we’ve created our Pet Health for Life plan, to not only help you spread the cost of your pet’s essential treatments, but to save you money too! Click here to find out more.
Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as leptospirosis in dogs and flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though you pet might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or via other wildlife that could enter the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
I have heard that vaccines are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however in the case of vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweighs the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at Chapel House Vets are always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
With the current COVID restrictions, are you accepting appointments for vaccinations?
In line with Government guidelines, our practice is open and here to offer a full range of services for our patients whilst adhering to current COVID-19 safety guidelines. For more information regarding our guidlines please click here.
Are there any schemes/offers to help with covering the cost of my pets’ vaccinations?
Our Pet Health for Life plan is a simple way to save money on your pet's essential healthcare. By setting up a small monthly direct debit, all of your pet’s routine treatments are covered throughout the year. That means you’ll never have to pay us a lump sum when your pet next requires their booster vaccination, parasite treatment, or annual health check.