Routine dog vaccinations (DHLPPi)
This includes the routine vaccines that protect against infectious diseases such as:
- 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.
Dragon Vets' position on Leptospirosis vaccination:
We are aware of numerous media reports concerning the safety of the ‘L4’ leptospirosis vaccine. The veterinary medicines directorate (who regulate veterinary medicines) have recently commented that the incidence of side effects associated with this vaccine is considered rare (for every 10,000 vaccinations administered, 6 reactions were reported). If reactions do occur these tend to be mild (lethargy being most frequently reported) and short-lived. It is our overall view, that given the increased number of confirmed leptospirosis cases in the South West over recent years (we have ourselves treated several cases during 2017 and 2018) and the fact that there is now a commercially available vaccine offering protection from 4 serogroups (strains) of leptospirosis rather than 2, that we offer this to all our dogs.
Notwithstanding this, we always make decisions about the individual patient, taking into account factors such as lifestyle, rural versus urban living and travel history and there are some circumstances where leptospirosis vaccination is not appropriate, or that the commercially available L2 vaccine is requested specifically by owners.
For this reason, we do keep a stock of the L2 vaccine within the practice.
Kennel cough is a complicated syndrome involving several bacteria and viruses. 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.
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.
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)
- 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)
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.
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.
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.