Pet vaccinations for cats, dogs & rabbits
Many devastating pet diseases are highly contagious so they not only affect your pet, but many other pets too. Our experienced team at Molesey Vets can advise you on the vaccinations your pet needs and when, for optimal protection.
Annual pet vaccinations
Do pets need vaccinating every year? The simple answer is, annual dog, cat, and rabbit vaccinations give the highest level of protection against many preventable diseases. Read about the recommended vaccines for your pet below.
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.
Keeping your pets’ vaccinations up to date is important to protect them and stop the spread of harmful and life-threatening diseases. Your pet will receive a nose-to-tail health check with one of our expert Vets at their vaccination appointment too.
Get discounted vaccinations!
Get 15% OFF annual vaccinations when you become a member of our Healthy Pet Club – learn more.
If you are planning on taking your pet abroad, we can also provide vaccinations against ‘Rabies’. Talk to us about your pet travel requirements well in advance of your travel dates.