We’ve all been there – a dental check-up that’s gone well beyond the normal six months, or an overdue service on the car – it can be embarrassing when you do turn up. Pet owners are facing the same dilemma with most dogs and cats not up-to-date with their vaccinations.
More than half of all cats and dogs are not up-to-date with their vaccinations against a range of nasty diseases, some of which are fatal, widespread and on the increase.
New research shows that canine parvovirus – which causes acute gastroenteritis in dogs and is often fatal – is widespread with more than half of all vet practices seeing the disease in the past year. Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) was seen by 40% of practices and, although less common, the worry with this disease is that it can betransmitted from dogs to humans. You should, at the very least be vaccinating against these diseases. Finally, since all small animal vets frequently see the persistent and distressing condition kennel cough – dog ownersshould also discuss protecting against this disease with their vet.
Cats fare no better with cat flu and feline leukaemia both presenting a significant risk to the health and life expectancy of the nation’s cats. Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is associated with the occurrence of tumours and anaemia in cats but, similar to the AIDS virus, it also causes disease by suppressing the cat’s immune systemmaking it susceptible to a variety of other problems.
All of these dog and cat diseases can be prevented through vaccination, and now is your chance to get your pet’s jabs up-to-date for less.
Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age. An initial course of 2 injections is required. Dogs are routinely vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza.
Kittens can be vaccinated from 9 weeks of age. Cats are vaccinated against cat ‘flu viruses, Feline Enteritis and Feline Leukaemia virus.
We can now offer a single, combined vaccination for myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease from five weeks of age to reduce mortality and clinical signs of myxomatosis and prevent mortality due to Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. This vaccine will need to be repeated annually.