Puppies can be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age onwards with a second innoculation 2-4 weeks later. The core vaccine protects against Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. To maintain lifelong immunity a booster is required every 12 months. Since the increased incidence of parvovirus in Hawick, we also recommend an additional parvovirus vaccine when the puppy is more than 16weeks old to ensure maximum protection until their first booster.
Kennel cough (or infectious canine tracheitis) is a very contagious disease of the respiratory system. Kennel cough vaccination is often required if your animal is going into boarding kennels. However, despite the deceiving name, kennel cough can be transmitted anywhere that dogs mix. Vaccination will not always completely prevent your dog from catching kennel cough but the symptoms tend to be milder and recovery is swifter. We offer a discount to dogs receiving the kennel cough vaccine along with their vaccine course or booster.
Rabies vaccination is only required for those animal travelling abroad under the Pet Passport scheme. The vaccine we use is licensed for 3 years but if you are spending more than 3 months in a country please check local regulations.
Our current knowledge of these diseases means that annual boosters are required to ensure that a high level of immunity is maintained. However, some animals will have immunity that extends beyond this. The only way to know is to test for antibody levels to the individual diseases. If you would like to discuss this further please contact the surgery to speak to one of the veterinary staff.
Kittens can be vaccinated from 9 weeks onwards. Cats require two inoculations 3 weeks apart, which will provide immunity against Cat flu, enteritis and Feline Leukaemia. Your cat will not be fully protected until 2 weeks after their 2nd inoculation. Feline leukaemia virus is spread by sexual contact or fighting so indoor cats do not require this vaccine. Booster vaccinations are required annually to maintain lifelong immunity.
Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age and we use a combined vaccine which protects your rabbits from myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VMD). A single vaccine provides 12 months protection. Both of these diseases can be fatal so we highly recommend vaccinating your rabbit.