Vaccinations for dogs, cats & rabbits at Eastcott Vets
Here at Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital, we believe that pet vaccinations are an important part of protecting them from harmful, yet preventable diseases. Vaccinations are an essential part of responsible pet care.
Dogs, cats and rabbits are susceptible to a number of diseases, some of which can be fatal. Scientific advances and the introduction of immunisation has been very effective in reducing the number of cases dramatically, which is why we recommend your pet is vaccinated appropriately.
How do pet vaccines work?
Vaccines contain harmless (either weakened or dead) variants of the viruses and other infectious agents. When an animal receives its pet vaccinations the immune system in the body responds by generating a protective mechanism through the formation of antibodies. If the animal then becomes exposed to the actual disease at a later date, those antibodies will prevent the disease from developing. The type of vaccines Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital recommend will be based on your pet’s lifestyle, risk factors and current guidance. Modern pet vaccinations give protection against multiple diseases with just one or two injections. It is important to remember though that vaccines don’t give lifelong immunity and that is why regular booster pet vaccinations are recommended. It is also an excellent opportunity for your pet to have a full health check.
Primary vaccinations for puppies ensure reliable protection at an early age. The first vaccination for puppy is usually given at 8 weeks old, followed by a second two to four weeks later (no earlier than 10 weeks old), allowing for an early socialisation programme. At the second vaccination appointment we will provide you with your certificate of vaccination.
Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital recommends annual boosters for continuing immunity. We can provide the following vaccinations for your dog:
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis
- Herpes vaccination
- Kennel Cough
Your dog will be given a full health check in advance of any vaccination to ensure that they are in good health.
The primary vaccination course for kittens consists of two injections. As with puppies, kittens will have some protection from their mothers in their bloodstream, which is why a second injection of the vaccine is required to complete immunisation. Kitten vaccinations start from 8 weeks of age, with the second vaccine administered three weeks after the first. A certificate of vaccination will be provided at the second vaccination appointment.
It is important to book your cat’s boosters annually to ensure ongoing immunity. Here at Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital we can vaccinate your cat against the following diseases:
- Cat Flu
- Feline Enteritis
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
- Feline Chlamydophila
We can talk you through any type of vaccination that may be required for your cat.
We recommend that rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD). Previously this would have been administered through two separate injections, however, our new rabbit vaccine means that your pet can be protected against myxomatosis and both strains of VHD with just a single injection.
Spread the cost of essential healthcare for your pet
To spread the cost of vaccinations for your pet, Eastcott Vets offer the Pet for Life Health plan, which you get an annnual health check and vaccinations including kennel cough for dogs.
Pet Vaccinations FAQ
Why does my pet need to have vaccinations every 12 months?
Depending on the disease that your pet is being vaccinated against, the period of time that they are protected will differ. Certain diseases, such as leptospirosis in dogs and flu in cats only carry around 12 months protection, which is why a yearly booster is recommended. Even though you pet might be being vaccinated every 12 months, it is not always against the same diseases – your vaccination card will show you which diseases they are getting boosters for each visit. Visiting us every 12 months for vaccinations also means your pet gets a full annual health check, which is equally important!
Does my pet need to be vaccinated if they live inside?
Although your pet may not go outside, it is still possible for diseases to be brought into the house. This could be via soil on a dirty boot or via other wildlife that could enter the home. Therefore, having full vaccination can provide the protection needed for all circumstances, meaning you don’t have to take the risk.
I have heard that pet vaccinations are risky and to avoid them – is that true?
Any veterinary procedure that is performed can carry some sort of risk, however in the case of vaccinations, it is important to remember that for the majority of pets the benefits of being vaccinated greatly outweighs the risks. Vaccination reactions are rare and where they do occur, they are mostly short-term and mild. Reactions of this nature show that the vaccine is effectively stimulating the immune system. The team at Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital are always happy to talk to you about the benefits and risks associated with vaccinating your pet to help identify the most suitable strategy as part of their wider preventative healthcare programme.
Are there any schemes/offers to help with covering the cost of my pets’ vaccinations?
Our Pet Health for Life plan offers the best value way to vaccinate your pet to ensure they have the preventative health protection they need over the course of their lifetime. Being a member allows you the opportunity to spread the cost over 12 months whilst also receiving discounts on other services at Eastcott Veterinary clinic and hospital.
If you would like further information on vaccination programmes for your pet, or our Pet Health for Life plan, please contact us.