Just like humans, animals can be affected by infectious diseases, some of which can be transferred to humans. As responsible pet owners that want to keep your animals safe and healthy, we highly recommend that you vaccinate them in line with current guidelines.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens receive initial protection against infectious diseases from their mother’s milk as long as she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts for a few weeks and so your new addition will need to be vaccinated from an early age. Many puppies or kittens will go to their new homes having already received their first vaccinations but check with their former owner when you collect them. If they have not yet been vaccinated, we recommend that get their first vaccinations done as soon as possible after taking ownership of them.
As a guideline:
Puppies should be vaccinated at 8 and then 10 weeks.
Kittens should be vaccinated at 9 and then 12 weeks.
Booster injections should then be given 12 months from the initial vaccinations, and annually thereafter.
Your canine friend should be routinely vaccinated against the following:
A bacteria-based disease usually spread by infected water. It causes fever, lethargy, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and jaundice in your pet. Severe infections can cause organ failure and death. It can be treated by antibiotics but the bacteria can be carried for months
Canine distemper virus
Spread by bodily fluid contact, there is no specific treatment and dogs with severe symptoms often die. Those who survive commonly have neurological difficulties later in life. Symptoms include fever, coughing,
Spread by contact with feces from infected dogs, it mainly affects puppies, but can also be seen in dogs that have not had regular booster vaccinations. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea and dehydration. Without treatment, 80% of dogs with parvovirus will die. Treatment has an approximately 85% success rate.
Infectious canine hepatitis
Infection is passed via bodily fluid contamination, and the virus can survive in the environment for prolonged periods. There are two types of the virus, a kennel cough
If your dog is going to spending time in kennels they may also be vaccinated via the nostril against
kennel cough, which is a combination of parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica
Dogs traveling abroad should also be given a rabies
Your feline friend should be routinely vaccinated against the following:
Commonly called ‘cat flu’ as its symptoms include sneezing, fever, discharge from the nose and eyes, and mouth ulcers. Spreads via cat to cat contact, airborne contact or contamination of the living environment. Vaccination prevents some strains but not all.
Feline herpes virus
Spread by the saliva or discharge from the nose and eyes in infected cats, it can also survive in its environment. Like feline
Feline infectious enteritis
Spread by the feces and urine of infected cats, this virus attacks their immune system leaving the animal unable to fight infection. Pregnant cats can transmit the disease to their kittens while they are in the womb. Symptoms include fever, seizures, vomiting,
Cats dubbed ‘at risk’ should also be vaccinated against feline leukemia virus
This disease is thought to require very close contact with infected cats to be spread, such as milk from mother to kitten or bite wounds. Much more common in city areas, and among un-neutered and stray cats. Multi-cat households also present a higher risk. The symptoms include poor body condition and coat, anorexia,
Rabbits are also at risk from infectious diseases and two, in particular, can cause intense suffering for them. These are:
Myxomatosis is a virus spread by fleas, mites and biting flies such as mosquitos. It is common in rabbits and can cause death for them within two weeks of being infected.
The early symptoms include puffy and swollen eyes, ears and face which can cause blindness. These then spread to the anus and genital area. Your rabbit will also have a high fever and will struggle to eat or drink.
Myxomatosis is spread from rabbit to rabbit very
Vaccinated rabbits may catch milder forms of the disease and recover with veterinary care. However, recovery for an unvaccinated rabbit is extremely rare and euthanasia is considered the most humane option for them.
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (RVHD)
RVHD is spread from rabbit to rabbit by contact
only,but can live within the environment it is living in. It causes high fever, internal bleedingand liver disease and bloodstainedfluid around the nose and mouth may sometimes be seen in post-mortem in affected animals.
It is almost always deadly and there is no effective treatment
againstit. Vaccination is the only way to avoid it.