At The Marshalswick Veterinary Surgery, we strongly believe in practicing the best quality preventative and wellness care for our patients. This is the best way to make sure your pet lives a long healthy life with as few illnesses as possible. Just like us, pets can be at risk of catching a range of infectious diseases, some of them potentially deadly.
The best way to prevent your pets from catching these diseases is by creating immunity. This can be achieved by an annual vaccination. We carry the fullest available range of vaccinations for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, including the rabies vaccinations for pets being prepared for travel abroad.
We also keep you fully up-to-date by keeping comprehensive records of your pet’s vaccinations and by issuing reminders when boosters are due.
Common Questions About Pet Vaccinations
When does my pet need its first vaccinations?
For both cats and dogs, the initial vaccination course is in two parts.
Kittens: The 1st part of the vaccination is given from 9 weeks of age and the 2nd vaccination is given 3 weeks later.
Puppies: The 1st part of the vaccination is given from 6-8 weeks of age and the 2nd vaccination is given at 10 weeks of age.
Rabbits: A combined Myxomatosis and VHD vaccination can be given from 5 weeks of age.
Does my pet need booster vaccinations?
YES! Although some components of the routine vaccine do stimulate a long-term immunity that can last for a few years, most components do not and so an annual booster is essential to ensure full protection for your pets.
What is my dog, cat or rabbit vaccinated against??
Dogs: We routinely vaccinate dogs against distemper, viral hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis. There is also an optional vaccination against kennel cough.
Cats: Cats are vaccinated against panleucopenia, herpesvirus, calicivirus and leukemia.
Rabbits: Rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) - there are two vaccinations available for RHD to cover multiple strains of the deadly disease
For more information about these diseases, please visit our article about vaccinations!
What if my pet is late having its annual booster vaccinations?
There is a little bit of flexibility with the timing of the booster vaccinations. However, it is advised not to leave it too long as your pet’s immunity will be reduced and the initial 2-part vaccination course may also need to be restarted.