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Missed your annual vaccinations?

If your cat or dog has missed their annual vaccinations they could be vulnerable to serious diseases.

Vaccination is necessary in order to provide protection against life threatening diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis. It can also be used to protect against kennel cough which although rarely life-threatening, can cause illness and an uncomfortable cough in unprotected dogs. Vaccination is the only proven method of protecting against these diseases.

But don’t worry because we can help you get your pet up to date with our Vaccination Amnesty giving you a full course of two vaccinations for the cost of just a single booster*, a saving of up to £22.  The offer is only valid until 31st July 2018, so be quick so you don’t miss out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re still unsure if your pet needs to be vaccinated, then please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below:

Why is there a need to vaccinate?

The current low incidence of diseases such as distemper is principally due to dog owners having their pets routinely vaccinated. This had helped the canine population as a whole to develop what is known as ‘herd immunity’ meaning the disease cannot spread easily.

The initial vaccination course consist of two injections typically given between 2 and 4 weeks apart. After this a single yearly booster is required to top up your pet’s immunity and ensure continuous protection.

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life threatening illness. The common form of it is the intestinal form which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can spread easily between litters due to the direct contact between each individual dog and their faeces. The incidence of canine parvovirus infections has reduced significantly due to the increasing number of young puppy vaccinations. There are still cases around, with a significant high numbers in Staffordshire so the promotion of vaccinations are just as important as before.

Why do boosters have to be given?

Clinical cases of the diseases that dogs are vaccinated against still occur in the UK. A dog is always at risk of potential exposure to one of them if it goes out or comes into contact with other dogs. Individual immunity following vaccination is variable and unlikely to be lifelong. Regular booster vaccination is an effective way of topping up a dog’s immunity thereby minimising the risk of disease when challenged by natural infection.

I’ve never vaccinated my pet?

People who do not vaccinate are potentially causing complications for the vast number of people that do vaccinate their pets, keeping diseases at low levels. Thirty years ago, pets would die on a weekly basis from Distemper and Leukaemia. Vaccination has reduced these diseases significantly.

What is involved?

When you book your vaccination appointment, you will receive a full professional consultation in addition to the cost of the vaccination. The vet will not only be administering a dose of vaccine but will also perform a thorough health examination. Vets will also use the opportunity to discuss other aspects of pet health care, such as worming, flea control, diet, etc.

Do vaccines cause side effects?

Serious side effects following vaccinations are extremely rare. Although all veterinary vaccines undergo thorough independent evaluation of their safety, efficacy and quality, it is impossible to guarantee that any product will be safe and effective in every individual case. It must be remembered though that the very small risk of a vaccine side effect is greatly outweighed by the benefit of protection against serious disease.

Should only healthy dogs be vaccinated?

To get the full benefit of a vaccine it is important that the dog is healthy which is why it is essential that your vet carried out a health examination before vaccinating your pet. When faced with an animal with a long term disease such as heart disease or diabetes, most vets will advise that vaccination should be continued. There is no evidence that such animals fail to respond or are at great risk of problems.

Do vaccines affect different breeds in different ways?

There are no breed specific contra-indications for any of the vaccines currently on the market.

What is the damage caused by misinformation?

Misinformation about vaccinations can have unhelpful effects for the health of individuals and populations by reducing the uptake of vaccines. One example of this in the field of human use is the impact of the paper which linked the use of the Mumps, Measles and Rubella vaccine with autism. The use of this childhood vaccine in the UK fell away dramatically. As a result, the incidence of measles has increased and there have even been deaths in children that would have been prevented if they had been vaccinated. The original scientific paper was later shown to be seriously flawed but by then, the damage and been done.