By getting your dog vaccinations, you will be saving them from various preventable diseases. It is far better to prevent these illnesses than a treatment regimen that may not always work.
What diseases do dog vaccinations protect dogs against?
Although you can decide to immunise against a various number of illnesses, these are the five most common diseases that we recommend vaccinating against:
- · Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis)
- · Parvovirus
- · Leptospirosis
- · Distemper
- · Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Kennel Cough (Infectious Tracheobronchitis) - Infectious tracheobronchitis is like the canine equivalent of the human common cold. It is a respiratory tract infection that's easily transmitted from one dog to another. It results in a dry, hacking cough. So, if your dog's going to come into contact with other dogs, whether it's through the use of boarding kennels, or even through simply playing with other dogs in the park, we strongly recommend that you get your dog’s vaccinations.
Parvovirus - This highly resistant virus is spread through infected faeces and can remain in the environment for many months. Symptoms include high fever, listlessness, vomiting, and blood-stained diarrhoea. Vaccination is the only certain method of preventing this potentially fatal disease, which is most severe in young puppies and elderly dogs.
Leptospirosis - Dogs infected with this disease can suffer liver and kidney damage, and they will need a long course of treatment if they're to fully recover. This disease can also be passed on humans!
Distemper - Distemper is spread through discharges from the nose and eyes of dogs. Symptoms can include listlessness, fever, coughing, diarrhoea, and vomiting. The canine distemper virus attacks many major organs - including the nervous system - and may cause permanent damage, even if your dog recovers.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis - Canine Hepatitis is transmitted among dogs by contact with secretions such as saliva, infected urine, and faeces, resulting in similar symptoms to those of canine distemper. If left untreated, canine hepatitis can result in liver failure, eye damage, and breathing problems, while the course of the disease can range from mild to fatal.
Just like dogs, your cat needs vaccinations against several ailments that can impact the wellbeing of your pet.
What diseases do cat vaccinations protect cats against
You can immunise against various feline illnesses by scheduling your cat vaccinations; these are the four most common diseases that we recommend vaccinating against:
- · Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
- · Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
- · Feline Panleucopenia
- · Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Feline Leukaemia (FeLV) - Kittens tend to be more susceptible to FeLV infection. Cats are commonly infected orally, by ingestion of the virus. The virus replicates locally in tissues and rapidly spreads to local lymphoid tissue. It can cause cancerous conditions such as leukaemia to a wide range of secondary infections caused by the destruction of the immune system. Several cat vaccinations are available, and these generally appear to provide a valuable level of protection against infection.
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) - Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a highly contagious virus that is one of the common causes of upper respiratory infections or cat flu in cats. Cat Vaccination for FCV is important for all cats. Vaccinations are recommended in kittens, starting at an early age. Cats should receive a booster at a year of age, and after that should receive further booster vaccines.
Feline Panleucopenia - Most cats will be exposed to this virus during their lifetimes and infection rates in unprotected cats can run as high as 90%, vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is absolutely essential. Symptoms can include listlessness, diarrhoea, vomiting, severe dehydration, and fever. A cat vaccination is very effective in preventing the disease and is an absolute must!
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – The symptoms of this disease may take the form of fever, loss of appetite, eye and nasal discharges and coughing. Kittens are particularly affected, but this disease can be dangerous in any unprotected cat, as effective treatment is limited. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life.
Why do you need to vaccinate Your Pet?
Cats and dogs need regular vaccinations to prevent diseases than can shorten or impact their quality of life. Regularly scheduling your pet’s vaccination routinely helps lessen the spread of infectious diseases throughout the UK pet populations. Vaccinating against zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis not only protects your pet, but you as well. A little prevention can save you money in treatment and extend the life of your pet. Every pet should be vaccinated — even indoor dogs and cats can be exposed.
When is the best time to get your pet vaccines?
Your vet will advise you on the vaccinations that are best for your pet, which depend on many factors including the environment in which you live and how many other pets are in your home. Many of the pet vaccines are recommended at a very early age, therefore if you have kitten and puppy, please reach out to us so we can give you guidance on the vaccination schedule for your pet.