Vaccinations & Microchipping

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Why vaccinate?

Make sure you protect your pets and keep them safe by staying up to date with their vaccinations annually. Every year we see cases of potentially serious diseases, such as parvo-virus, leptospirosis and kennel cough in dogs and Feline Leukaemia virus in cats that have not been vaccinated. Many of these cases are beyond treatment. In addition Leptospirosis is a zoonosis, meaning that it can be passed from animals to humans.

Vaccinations are an ideal time for our vets to get to know you and your pet and to discuss any concerns that you might have. We always give a full health check at vaccination, and advise about preventative health measures.

Routine dog vaccinations in Cheltenham (DHLPPi)

This includes the routine vaccines that protect against infectious diseases such as Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis.

We do not believe in the over-vaccination of dogs and provide just enough vaccine in order to protect dogs from the devastating consequences of infectious diseases. Often Vets elect to vaccinate dogs against every condition every year. However studies have shown that this is unnecessary for many diseases following the primary vaccine course, given as a puppy. Certain vaccinations such as leptospirosis and parainfluenza do however need to be provided annually to provide better protective immunity.

Kennel cough vaccination.

Kennel cough is a complicated syndrome involving several different bugs (micro-organisms). One of these is protected against in the routine annual vaccination (parainfluenza). It is possible to provide additional protection by vaccinating with Kennel cough vaccine (which protects against infection with Bordatella). There are still several bugs in the Kennel cough disease complex for which it is not possible to vaccinate, therefore dogs who have had annual vaccination and Kennel cough vaccination, although less susceptible, are not completely protected from Kennel cough. Most boarding kennels will require that dogs have had their routine vaccinations and kennel cough before allowing dogs to stay with them.

Rabies vaccination

We often vaccinate dogs against Rabies in order for them to qualify for the pet passport scheme and travel within Europe.(Link to this section)

Herpes vaccination for breeding bitches

Specifically for breeders, we offer the ‘fading puppy’ or herpes vaccine. This is given in two doses during pregnancy.

If you are interested in discussing dog vaccinations then call us on 01242 580324 or register online and we’d be delighted to meet you and your pet.

Cat Vaccinations in Cheltenham

There are several preventable conditions that can be avoided in cats by following a vaccination program. Once again, we do not vaccinate unnecessarily but simply provide sufficient protection to allow cats to live long and happy lives.

We advise that all cats are vaccinated against cat flu (herpes and calicivirus) and enteritis (also known as panleukopaenia). If your cat is to spend any time outside socialising, then we also recommend vaccinating against feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) and chlamydia.

Cats may also be vaccinated against Rabies for the pet travel scheme to allow them to receive a pet passport and travel within the EU.

Why not call in and register to arrange vaccinations for your cat?

Rabbit Vaccinations in Cheltenham

Myxomatosis is unfortunately increasing in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire and we do recommend that all rabbits are protected against this devastating disease.

Even if pet rabbits have no contact with wild rabbits, they are still susceptible to diseases such as Myxomatosis, which can be spread by biting insects such  as midges.

We offer a combined Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) vaccination. Boosters are required annually, and are combined with a complete health check. It is an ideal time to discuss any concerns you may have about health, diet or weight with your vet.

Ferret Vaccinations in Cheltenham

We routinely vaccinate Ferrets against distemper.

Blood Testing to Assess Immune Status Prior to Vaccination

If you are concerned about over-vaccination or want to be re-assured that your pet is protected, then we have the facility to collect blood samples from your pet to see whether there is an adequate antibody level against many different infectious diseases. This allows a more targeted approach to vaccination.

Microchipping

As of 6th April 2016 it became law for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped.

If you are not certain whether your dog is chipped, pop in and we will scan him or her and find out.

It is not yet law for cats and rabbits to be micro chipped, but we are frequently called about lost cats and bunnies, so our recommendation is to microchip all pets, especially those at risk of wandering!