Puppy, kitten, baby rabbit and adult pet annual vaccinations
After carefully considering all the latest scientific information
available, we have decided to change our vaccination schedules and vaccine manufacturers. We will no longer be using the Nobivac
range of vaccines, including the Nobivac L4 vaccine. We will instead be using the Merial range of vaccines including the new Lepto
The Lepto multi vaccine protects against 3 of the 4 strains of the L4 vaccine and is a newer and purer vaccine
with less potential for producing side effects.
(The evidence linking the missing 4th strain, Lepto Bratislava with any clinical
cases in the UK, is now looking much less convincing following more stringent scientific bacterial typing.)
Also and most importantly
the new Lepto multi vaccine provides better protection against the main types of leptospirosis that we do definitely see in the UK
; Lepto Canicola and Lepto Icterohaemorrhagica.
Puppies that have already started their initial vaccination course with the Nobivac
vaccines will continue to finish their initial course with the same vaccines. Puppies now starting their initial vaccination
course will however receive the new Merial vaccination course including the Lepto Multi.
We can start the puppy Head Start vaccine
course at 7-8 weeks old and give the first Lepto multi, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Parainfluenza injection. Then 3-4 weeks
after the first vaccine we give the second L DHPPi vaccine and also an intra nasal kennel cough vaccine.
A week after the first
vaccination, controlled socialisation can be carried out with other vaccinated puppies at safe places like puppy parties at the practice.A week after the second vaccination they can go out for walks and mix with other dogs.
We then give a full L DHPPi
booster a year later.Therafter, we alternate lepto only and lepto combined with, DHPPi for the annual vaccinations.
kittens against the two types of Cat flu (Herpes and Calici Virus), Feline Enteritis (Feline Panleucopenia) and Feline Leukaemia
as part of the Head Start Package. After an initial course of two vaccines given 3-4 weeks apart (the first can be given from 8
weeks of age), vaccine boosters are given on an annual basis.
We vaccinate rabbits against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic
Disease types 1 and 2 as part of the Head Start Package The first vaccine can be given from 6 weeks of age but the second
RVHD2 vaccine has to be given after the age of 10 weeks and at least 2 weeks after the first injection. We are currently recommending
a booster injection against myxomatosis yearly but against the type 2 VHD every 6 months. Again, the VHD type 2 has to
be given at least 2 weeks after the myxo booster. Booster consultations are good opportunities for us to assess the teeth (assessing
any need for dental work), discuss any dietary issues and generally perform a good clinical examination of the rabbit.
health screens are offered as an optional extra at vaccination time for pets over 8 years old. In addition to the full clinical
examination that we give at an annual health check/booster consultation, owners fill in a detailed health questionaire. Blood samples
are taken and analysed for dogs and cats and also for dogs, urine samples are analysed. The time allotted is greater than for the
usual vaccine consultation. This gives us more time, to concentrate on the often more frequent health issues of older pets. Please
inform our receptionists when you make your appointment, if you would like your pet to have a senior health check - as they will
then need to allot more time for your consultation.