Two by Two Veterinary Centre’s veterinary surgeons can offer you advice on which diseases to vaccinate your pets against, so they are immunised against life-threatening diseases. Contact us to for advice on vaccinations for your pet.
The role of vaccination in dramatically reducing mortality of companion animals worldwide cannot be understated. Several debilitating and deadly infectious diseases have fortunately been consigned to a past era due to strong uptake in vaccination amongst pet owners in this country over the past few decades. However, outbreaks do appear from time to time with potentially fatal consequence so regular vaccination is still strongly advised.
Vaccination stimulates an animal’s immune system to develop protection against a given infectious disease that can allow prevention of that disease from developing if exposure occurs at a later date. If administered regularly as recommended by Two By Two Veterinary Centre, vaccination can prevent the development of these diseases through life. There are a variety of different vaccinations available and the protocol used can be tailored to your individual pet on a disease development risk-benefit basis.
Optional Ideally all dogs would be vaccinated against Kennel Cough in addition to the Core Vaccinations outlined above. If taking a dog to places where there is a high density of dogs such as kennels, training classes, dog walker/sitters, this vaccination is highly recommended. Recently a vaccination against tick-borne Lyme Disease has become available so if regularly frequenting areas with known heavy tick populations, this should be considered.
Travel For clients travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme, rabies vaccination is a requirement with boosters administered every three years. If travelling to countries in the Mediterranean basin where Leishmaniasis is endemic, vaccination against the Leishmania parasite is advised prior to travel.
Other When breeding, Herpes vaccination of the pregnant bitch should be considered to prevent abortion.
Optional If a cat will always be an indoor cat without ever having access to the outdoors or stray cats, Feline Leukaemia Virus vaccination can potentially be dropped in the years after the first annual booster which will include this component, has been administered.
Core Rabbits should receive vaccination against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD-1) annually. In recent years, a second strain of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD-2) has emerged in the UK pet rabbit population requiring a different vaccination to be given bi-annually, six months apart.
Core Ferrets can be fatally affected by Canine Distemper Virus and vaccination with the canine vaccine provides cross-species immunity.