Pet vaccinations for cats, dogs & rabbits
Infectious pet diseases are easily spread and can have devastating effects, yet most are preventable. At Claygate Vets, we know just how important keeping your pet up to date with their vaccinations is – not only to protect them, but to stop the spread of harmful and life-threatening diseases.
All our vaccination appointments include a nose-to-tail health check with one of our expert Vets. If you’re not sure whether your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, get in touch and we can help.
Why vaccinate for life
We often get asked ‘why do pets need vaccinations every year?’ Vaccinating dogs, cats, and rabbits annually gives the highest level of protection against devastating diseases, many of which are highly contagious so they not only affect your pet, but many other pets too. Our experienced team at Claygate Vets can advise you on the vaccination needs of your pet.
Join our Healthy Pet Club and Save!
Receive discounts on your pet’s initial vaccinations when you sign up, and money off annual vaccinations every year as a member of our Healthy Pet Club – learn more.
Recommended pet vaccinations
Choose your pet below and read more information about the recommended vaccines for their species.
The kitten vaccine can be given from 9 weeks of age and gives protection against diseases that can be fatal or give life-long infection. Annual boosters are important for the best protection.
Feline diseases include:
- Feline Parvovirus (or infectious enteritis / panleukopenia virus – FPV) – highly contagious, severe infection causes gastrointestinal, immune system and nervous system disease.
- Cat Flu (Herpes & Calicivirus) – causes runny nose and eyes, sore throat, aches & pains in muscles & joints, mouth ulcers, dribbling, sneezing, loss of voice, and fever.
- Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) – damages immune system leaving cats susceptible to many other infections & diseases, easily spread by mutual grooming or cat bites, is the second leading cause of death in cats, requires a separate or combined vaccine.
Puppies can start their vaccination course as early as 6 weeks of age. Each year they will require a booster vaccination for optimal protection.
Not all brands of vaccine are compatible with each other. If your puppy has received a vaccine whilst with the breeder that isn’t compatible with the 2nd vaccine to be provided by your own Vet, your puppy may have to restart their initial course.
These viruses can be spread between healthy dogs and remain in the environment for months:
- Parvovirus – attacks bone marrow and gut lining, weakens immune system, causes bloody vomiting & diarrhoea, puppies can die from dehydration and sepsis.
- Canine Hepatitis – causes severe liver disease, including jaundice, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
- Canine Distemper – attacks brain, lungs, and intestines.
These diseases are covered by separate vaccines:
- Leptospirosis – causes liver and kidney failure, hard to diagnose, transmitted by rat’s urine, usually picked up from farms, puddles, or watercourses.
- Kennel Cough – highly contagious, can be picked up from anywhere your dog comes into contact with infected dogs (not just ‘in kennels’), not usually a serious condition but will make dogs feel very uncomfortable.
Rabbit diseases are easily spread by insects, birds, and even on your own clothing and inanimate objects. In most cases, an infected rabbit will be euthanised to end their suffering, so it’s important to protect your rabbit with annual vaccinations.
Rabbit vaccinations can help to protect your pet against:
- Myxomatosis – vaccine can be given at 6 weeks of age, spreads through insect bites or contact with an infected rabbit, attacks eyes, skin, lungs, and genitals.
- RVHD & RVHD-2 – vaccine can be given at 5 weeks of age, both strains of Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease are highly contagious and have high mortality rates from massive internal bleeding.
Vaccinations for pet travel
If you are planning on taking your pet abroad, we can also provide vaccinations such as ‘Rabies’. Talk to us about pet travel requirements well in advance of your travel dates.