Pet Vaccination 

Puppy, kitten, baby rabbit and adult pet annual vaccinations 

After carefully considering all the latest scientific information available, we have decided to change our vaccination schedules and vaccine manufacturers. We are no longer using the Nobivac range of vaccines, including the Nobivac L4 vaccine. We are instead now using the Merial range of vaccines including the new Lepto multi vaccine.

The Lepto multi vaccine protects against 3 of the 4 strains of the L4 vaccine and is a newer and purer vaccine with less potential for producing side effects. 

(The evidence linking the missing 4th strain, Lepto Bratislava with any clinical cases in the UK, is now looking much less convincing following more stringent scientific bacterial DNA typing.)

Also and most importantly the new Lepto multi vaccine provides better protection against the main types of leptospirosis that we do definitely see in the UK ; Lepto Canicola and Lepto Icterohaemorrhagica.

We can start the puppy Head Start vaccine course at 7-8 weeks old and give the first Lepto multi, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Parainfluenza injection. Then 3-4 weeks after the first vaccine we give the second L DHPPi vaccine and also an intra nasal kennel cough vaccine.

A week after the first vaccination, controlled socialisation can be carried out with other vaccinated puppies at safe places like puppy parties at the practice.A week after the second vaccination they can go out for walks and mix with other dogs.

We then give a full L DHPPi booster a year later.Therafter, we alternate lepto only and lepto combined with, DHPPi for the annual vaccinations.

We can start the kitten Head Start vaccine course at 8 weeks of age. We vaccinate kittens against the two types of Cat flu (Herpes and Calici Virus), Feline Enteritis (Feline Panleucopenia) and Feline Leukaemia as part of the Head Start Package. After an initial course of two vaccines given 3-4 weeks apart (the first can be given from 8 weeks of age), vaccine boosters are given on an annual basis. 

We can start the rabbit Head Start vaccine course at 6 weeks of age. We vaccinate rabbits against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease types 1 and 2 as part of the Head Start Package The first vaccine can be given from 6 weeks of age but the second RVHD2 vaccine has to be given after the age of 10 weeks and at least 2 weeks after the first injection. We are currently recommending a booster injection against myxomatosis yearly but against the type 2 VHD every 6 months. Again, the VHD type 2 has to be given at least 2 weeks after the myxo booster. Booster consultations are good opportunities for us to assess the teeth (assessing any need for dental work), discuss any dietary issues and generally perform a good clinical examination of the rabbit. 

Senior health screens are offered as an optional extra at vaccination time for pets over 8 years old.

In addition to the full clinical examination that we give at an annual health check/booster consultation, owners fill in a detailed health questionaire. Blood samples are taken and analysed for dogs and cats and also for dogs, urine samples are analysed. The time allotted is greater than for the usual vaccine consultation. This gives us more time, to concentrate on the often more frequent health issues of older pets. Please inform our receptionists when you make your appointment, if you would like your pet to have a senior health check - as they will then need to allot more time for your consultation.

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