43 Knaresborough Road
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG2 7SR

Practice Number: 01423 884 074

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Vaccinations does my pet really need them?

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Dogs.
Our vaccination schedule for dogs is as follows:
1st vaccination at 8 weeks of age, 2nd vaccine 2 weeks later. Annual health check and booster vaccination thereafter. Having the first annual booster on time is especially important.
It is important to get your puppy vaccinated as soon as possible at 8 weeks, so that he or she can go out soon after the second vaccine at 10 weeks. Socialisation and exposure to other dogs, unfamiliar people, traffic and general noise is critical before 16 weeks of age. Dogs with socialisation problems or fear of various noises, have often been inadequately socialised at this young age.
We routinely vaccinate against Distemper, Parvo virus, Viral Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza. These diseases can cause death and serious illness in dogs. Leptospirosis, for example,is transmitted by rats' urine and can cause your dog's kidneys to fail completely as well as jaundice and anaemia.

We can also vaccinate for kennel cough, and we do recommend this for going into kennels, and any time your puppy or dog may be exposed to groups of dogs, even at puppy socialisation classes, dog training classes or even visits to the park in the summer.
In Addition, we recommend a further injection for Parvo virus at 16 weeks of age, this can be discussed during the time of the initial puppy vaccination course.


Cats.
Our vaccination schedule for cats is as follows:
1st vaccination at 9 weeks, 2nd vaccine 3 weeks later, followed by annual health check and booster vaccination.
We vaccinate routinely against cat flu and enteritis. Feline enteritis is a specific viral illness, caused by a parvo virus (similar to that in dogs) and is often fatal.
We also recommend vaccination against feline leukaemia virus (FELV), and most of our clients want their cats to be protected against this virus too. We can offer pre vaccination FELV blood tests too, you can discuss this with the vet.


Rabbits.

Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) are two serious viral diseases of rabbits which can be prevented with vaccination. We have a vaccine with cover for both diseases included in the same injection. This can be given any time from 5 weeks of age and is just a single injection with yearly annual booster.

Also, there is now a variant or new strain of RHD which needs an additional and separate vaccination.This injection is given at a 2 week interval from the standard injection. Please ask about this when booking your rabbit vaccinations.

Myxomatosis can be spread by rabbit fleas, and the symptoms include swollen eyes/lips/ear leading to death within a couple of weeks.
RHD affected rabbits will rapidly die but may show a short period of illness for a few hours and perhaps bleeding from the nose, prior to death.

Ferrets.
Our vaccination schedule for ferrets is as follows:
We vaccinate for distemper from 12 weeks of age and give 1 injection only, followed by annual booster vaccinations.

Guinea pigs, other small furries, budgies.
Vaccinations in these species are not performed.
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