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Vaccinations

Vaccinations work by preparing the body's own immune system to fight the disease before it starts.

A vaccine contains a virus or a bacterium that has been specially altered so it doesn't cause disease. Instead, it stimulates your cat or dog's immune system to produce substances called antibodies, which work against the virus or bacterium that causes the disease. Then if your dog or cat is exposed to that particular disease, the antibodies destroy the disease causing agent and infection does not occur. The protection provided by a vaccine gradually declines after the vaccination, so regular booster vaccinations are recommended. These intervals vary depending on the vaccine used. Regular health checks are also recommended to check the overall health of your cat or dog.

Diseases that can be prevented by vaccination are:

Cats

We use a core vaccine that covers for Feline Panleucopaenia. This causes a Parvo-like disease in cats, and can lead to death. The other two viral respiratory diseases are also in this vaccine. These cause cat flu/snuffles, a highly infectious, debilitating disease, which can lead to a number of chronic diseases.

Feline AIDs Vaccine

This is a non core vaccine.  it is used in the aid to prevention of this debilitating immunosuppressive disease.

Dogs

Canine Parvovirus

A common viral disease, which is highly infectious and can often be fatal. It causes shock, vomiting, and bloody diarrhoea. The diarrhoea can contain millions of infective viral particles which can be easily spread in the environment. The virus can potentially survive in the environment for up to a year.

Canine Distemper

This is usually severe and causes death. Clinical signs are fever, respiratory disease with coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea, and nervous signs.

Canine Hepatitis

An often fatal disease spread by infected faeces, urine, and saliva. Clinical signs are fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and clouding of the eyes.

Canine Cough

A highly contagious respiratory disease caught by coming in contact with an infected dog. Dogs kept at boarding kennels and shelters are at high risk, as are dogs going to grooming shops, dog shows and dog parks. It can lead to severe coughing.

Leptospirosis

An infectious disease picked up from rats or from a carrier dog. It can often be a fatal disease which affects the kidneys and liver.

Rabbits

Calici Virus

A fatal infectious viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits.

 

Vaccination protocols- There are different protocols for each disease listed above.  Please contact the clinic to tailor a vaccine programme for your companion animal.