Vaccinating your cat, dog, puppy or kitten is one of the most important things that you can do as a responsible and caring owner. It will help your pet to live a long and healthy life.
These vaccines provide antibodies against the most common and contagious, life-threatening diseases that your dog or cat will come across during their lifetime. Many of these diseases either have no cure, or would involve long, expensive and often unsuccessful treatments for your pet.
During the first few weeks of life, your puppy or kitten will be protected from disease by immunity passed on by the mother before birth and through her milk (these are known as maternally derived antibodies). Unfortunately, this immunity only lasts until your puppy or kitten is around 12 weeks of age. This is why it is so important to get the vaccinations completed as soon as possible.
First vaccination can be given from 6 weeks old in puppies and 8-9 weeks old in cats.
The second vaccination is then given 3 – 4 weeks later. Our Vets will advise you of the required timing for your pet.
After the primary course, an annual ‘booster’ vaccination is essential, providing your loved pet with continuous protection. Annual boosters are very important as, unlike humans, the effect of vaccination only lasts a limited time.
Vale Vets follow a triennial vaccination policy with some vaccine components given annual and others given every 3 years. Our Vets will discuss this at your pets booster appointment.
We are fortunate at Vale Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusuastic staff.