Early immunisation against life-threatening infectious pet diseases saves many lives. Puppies, kittens and Rabbits are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases and should be vaccinated to ensure their health and survival, and boost their natural immunity.
Modern drug companies have pioneered an approach to pet vaccination that minimises the number of vaccinations required and defines them into two categories - core and non-core. Core vaccinations should be given to every pet and non-core vaccinations to those animals that have a lifestyle that puts them at particular risk for certain diseases.
As a practice, we recommend giving the least amount of vaccinations required to recommend protection so as to avoid possible overstimulation of the immune system, usually called "vaccinosis". We recommend Nobivac vaccines, which we have used for over 20 years, and which in our experience have almost no side effects but provide very good protection. In both cats and dogs, after the initial course, we recommend a full booster every three years, with annual top-ups for the components that we know won't last that long.
There are certain infectious diseases you should protect your pet against, depending on its individual lifestyle. For puppies and dogs, vaccinations against parvovirus, distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and parainfluenza are considered “core”. Kittens and cats should be protected against cat 'flu, feline leukaemia and panleukopenia. Finally, for rabbits, consideration should be given to protecting against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease.
For pets that stay in kennels or catteries, special attention should be given to exposure to infectious diseases like canine infectious tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough - bordatella bronchiseptica) and the cat ‘flu complex.
Whether a pet owner or someone working with cats, dogs, kittens, puppies or rabbits, you can find further information on the following links: Dog Vaccinations, Cat Vaccinations, and the future of pet vaccinations.
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