Vaccinating Your Pets
Make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by keeping up to date with their vaccinations.
If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops our animal companions could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.
When to vaccinate
When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.
Puppies are typically vaccinated at 8 and then 10 weeks,
Kittens at 9 and then 12 weeks.
Your young pet should then be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination and then every year thereafter.
Rabbits need regular vaccinations too, starting at 8 weeks of age then a booster given every year
Older pets need protecting too, as their immunity can decline.
Vaccines against infectious diseases
Dogs should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Canine parvovirus
- Canine distemper virus
- Infectious canine hepatitis.
If your dog will be spending some time in kennels they may also be given a kennel cough vaccine. This vaccine is usually given intra-nasally (into a nostril) and protects against
parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica.
Dogs travelling abroad may require a rabies vaccination.
A full health check with be given by a vet at your appointment for vaccinations
Rabbits should be routinely vaccinated against:
- Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)
Myxomatosis is a viral infection that is spread by insect bites. The signs includes swelling of the eyelids, nose and genitals and it is often fatal. There have outbreaksaround our area over the last few years and so we recommend booster vaccinations every year.
VHD is a viral infection which causes internal bleeding and death. It can kill rabbits without any warning. House rabbits are equally at risk of this infection.
The rabbit vaccination is a combination vaccine of both myxomatosis and VHD which is done every year.
Daleside Veterinary Surgery
309-311 Liverpool Road
Tel: 01704 575606
Churchside Veterinary Surgery
5a Preston New Road
Tel: 01704 225105
Formby Veterinary Surgery
113 Church Road
Tel: 01704 877145
Maghull Veterinary Surgery
55 Liverpool Road South
Tel: 0151 531 7719
Out of Hours Emergency Cover
Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital
54a Southport Road
01695 572 837