It is very important that all new puppies and kittens receive a primary course of vaccinations to protect them against a number of potentially life threatening diseases.
Dogs - Puppies are vaccinated at 8 to 10 weeks of age. They are routinely vaccinated against Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Distemper and Hepatitis. Please ensure that your new puppy does not come into contact with unvaccinated dogs and is kept off the ground in public until 7-10 days after the second vaccination. Before this time your puppy can go on car journeys and out into your own garden providing it is secure. We recommend that some of the black and tan breeds, especially Rottweilers and Dobermans, should receive a third Parvovirus vaccination as they can be susceptible to contracting the virus. Booster vaccinations are due annually, although there will be an alternation of "big" and "small" boosters. Please ensure your first booster is as close to the due date as possible.
Cats - Kittens are vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks of age. They are routinely vaccinated against Flu and Enteritis or a combination of these plus Leukaemia. Please ensure your kitten is kept indoors until 7-10 days after the second vaccination. Normally we recommend that kittens are kept inside until they have been neutered at around 6 months of age.
It is important that puppies and kittens receive both parts of the vaccination course to ensure they obtain full immunity and protection.
These factsheets are provided as guidelines only. If you are at all concerned about the wellbeing of your pet then please call Hope Veterinary Surgery immediately by using our phone number 01782 657788.