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Puppy Vaccinations

Vaccination educates the dog’s immune system in how to deal with the causes of infection and disease.

Many of the diseases we vaccinate against have no current cure, so prevention is key to long lasting health. We advise your dog to be vaccinated every 12 months. Although our current vaccinations may well last longer than this, every pet and breed is different.

There are a number of infections and diseases our vaccinations will protect your dog against, including:

  • Infectious canine hepatitis
  • Canine Distemper
  • Coronavirus
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Canine Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies

Kitten Vaccinations

All kittens are particularly vulnerable to disease given their size and limited immunity. It is vital to have them vaccinated early in life to give them years of protection against a number of nasty ailments.

There are a number of infections our vaccinations can protect against including:

  • Feline Panleucopaenia
  • Feline Leukaemia
  • Feline Viral Infectious Respiratory Disease (Cat Flu)

We can also vaccinate against rabies should you be travelling with your kitten. All of these diseases can be potentially fatal so do talk to our experts at the earliest opportunity to discuss your options.

We recommend your first vaccinations should be between 8 and 9 weeks. Your kitten will need a primary course which will require two injections 3 to 4 weeks apart with an annual booster jab to maintain the protection.

Pet Passports

If you are travelling abroad with your pet, please make an appointment with our team to advise you on parasite treatments required for travelling and to apply in good time for the Pet Passport. The main reason for the PETS scheme is to keep the UK free from Rabies and other foreign diseases transmitted by biting insects and ticks.

Check your travel itinerary in good time as travel to non-EU countries is sometimes more complicated than within the EU.

There are certain requirements when travelling abroad with your pet:

  • Your pet must be at least 15 weeks old at the time of travelling
  • They must have a microchip implanted
  • They must be vaccinated against rabies
  • They must have been treated for tapeworm
  • They must be issued with a pet passport

For further information, click here.

Puppy Parties

Our monthly Puppy Parties, held on a Wednesday evening, are key to a puppy’s progression in early life and in fact, many return time after time as they grow and develop.

Not only do we organise these regular groups, which sees our practice packed to the rafters with loveable, magical and playful puppies, to allow playtime and interaction but we also have nurses on hand to advise on house training, behaviour problems, preventative treatments, insurance and basic obedience.

We welcome all breeds of puppy and hope to see you with us soon. All we ask is for a £5 donation to help us care for stray animals at our practice.

Puppies must not be walking outside and should have had their first vaccine as a minimum.

Neutering: Dogs

Males

There are a number of advantages to having your male dog castrated with benefits being both behavioural and physiological.

Physiologically castrated males will not have to worry about testicular cancer as both testicles are removed.

Prostate problems are very common in uncastrated males as the hormones produced by the testicles stimulate the prostate. Enlargement of the prostate can cause constipation and problems with passing water and are more prone to infection and prostatitis which can make your dog seriously ill.


Females

Unwanted pregnancies can provide a family with a potential problem. Spaying of bitches means you will not have to keep your dog shut away when she comes into season.

Bitches spayed before their first season reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer whilst the risks of this cancer increase season by season as hormonal control increases. A large percentage of mammary cancers are malignant and if action is not taken immediately, can be fatal.

Unspayed females can also develop a condition called Pyotema when the womb fills with infection, usually occurring after their first season. Your bitch will be lethargic and often sick and will certainly drink more than usual. Anitbiotics will not treat this infection and an emergency spay will have to be performed increasing the associated risks.

Our vets will be able to advise you on both your male and female dogs.

Neutering: Cats

In males, the main source of the hormone testosterone is the testicle and they are therefore removed during this process. This in turn means the levels of hormone fall after the surgery is complete.

In females, the cats ovaries and womb are removed, meaning your cat will no longer be able to become pregnant and in turn will not have any seasons.

Although this procedure is slightly uncomfortable, the recovery period is usually fairly quick. In most cases cats are on their feet within hours of the procedure. Your pet may be slightly subdued for a few days but we will supply you with further pain relief as the process continues.

The full healing process will usually take around ten days. It is vital to keep the area clean and make sure the cat cannot lick it. Your cat should always be kept inside during recovery and we will be able to recommend when you cat can next go outdoors post-op.

Benefits to your cat

  • Early neutering greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancers
  • No risk of becoming pregnant
  • Cats can be prone to roaming and neutering can resolve some of this
  • Reduces the risk of Feline Leukemia Virus

We recommend that you have your cats neutered at 6 months old. It is important to recognise that cats who are going to be outside should not be let out until they are neutered.

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