Priory Vet Group strongly recommend vaccination. By vaccinating our animals, we can protect them from life threatening disease and promote a long and healthy life.
Vaccination requirements vary according to the species, see summary below:-
Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis. Puppies can be vaccinated from six weeks of age; a second vaccine is given 3-4 weeks later. Puppies can then be taken out, off the lead, four weeks after the second vaccine.
Dogs are given a booster 12 months later and this is repeated yearly. Dogs overdue their booster may need to restart their vaccine course again with two injections 3-4 weeks apart.
Kennel Cough. A highly contagious disease. We routinely vaccinate dogs at high risk e.g. those going to kennels or mix in large groups. This vaccine is given annually via a nasal spray.
Feline Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus. These viruses cause cat flu (amongst other illnesses) a common debilitating disease.
Leukaemia. A killer disease, prevented by vaccination. We normally combine this vaccination with cat flu.
We recommend all cats are vaccinated against cat flu and those that go outside or live with other cats should be vaccinated against feline leukaemia virus.
Kittens can be vaccinated from nine weeks of age. A second vaccine is given 3-4 weeks later. The kitten is fully protected three weeks after the second injection, however, we would recommend kittens are kept inside until they have been neutered. Annual boosters are then required to maintain immunity
Cats and Dogs
Rabies. All dogs, cats and ferrets travelling abroad require vaccination against rabies. The frequency of vaccination will depend on the country of travel. For more information click on link to government website >> Take Your Pet Abroad
Viral Haemmorrhagic Disease (VHD)/ Myxomatosis. A combined single annual injection provides protection against these killer diseases. Vaccination can be given from five weeks of age. Myxomatosis is prevalent around Christchurch.
Tetanus. A course of three vaccinations starting from three months old and then once every three years. Tetanus is a deadly disease to which horses are very susceptible.
Influenza (flu). The course can begin from 5 months of age. A second vaccine is given at six weeks and a third five months later. Annual boosters are then given within 365 days. Any horses that compete must receive this vaccination before the 365 days expire otherwise the primary vaccine course will need to be restarted.