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Vaccinations are very important to prevent your pets from infectious diseases which can be fatal. Most of these diseases can be prevented by vaccination. Our advice is to vaccinate puppies at 6-8 weeks for Parvo and Lepto and at 12 weeks for DHPPI & L (commonly known as the 8 in 1). Kittens can be vaccinated from 8 weeks old. A yearly booster is needed thereafter.

 

Dog Diseases

 

Canine Parvo Virus
Canine parvo virus is a disease normally contracted from an infected dog or its faeces. The virus can survive for many months.
It is usually transported on shoes and other objects. It can affect dogs of all ages but can be fatal in young dogs. Symptoms include fever, bloody diarrhoea and sickness.

 

 

Kennel Cough Virus
Kennel cough virus outbreaks usually occur when dogs are brought together in groups. T
he main symptom is normally a harsh, dry cough. Dogs often gag or retch during a coughing bout.  The disease is spread by direct contact with infected dogs or by inhalation of infected airborne droplets.

 

Infectious Canine Hepatitis 
This is a highly contagious viral disease spread through contact with infected dogs. Infectious canine hepatitis mainly results in liver damage but it can also cause respiratory infections. In severe cases death  occurs rapidly after diagnosis, leaving little time for treatment.

 

Canine Distemper
Canine distemper  is spread through direct contact with infected dogs. It often results in death or permanent disability. It is common among unvaccinated puppies. Original symptoms include a dry cough, runny eyes and nose, high temperatures and diarrhoea. Dehydration, weight loss and nervous signs usually follow. The chances of survival are poor and dogs that survive often have fits.

 

Rabies

If your pet is travelling abroad, they will need a rabies vaccination. We recommend that this is done 6 months before travelling as sometimes a blood test is required to confirm that the dog has been vaccinated.

 

Cat Diseases

 

Cat Flu
The two most common causes of cat flu are feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) and feline calicivirus (FCV). Both are very contagious and cause sneezing, tongue and mouth ulcers, loss of appetite, fever and sore eyes. It is potentially fatal in kittens but can affect all cats. Death is usually the result of secondary bacterial infections and dehydration.

 

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FELV)
FELV is contracted through contact with infected cats. Symptoms may not be visible for months or even years. The majority of cats die afteryears of becoming persistently infected. FELV kills cats in a number of ways such as anaemia,  by causing cancer or  by destroying their immune system, allowing other infections to develop.

 

Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE)
Feline Infectious Enteritis is an extremely contagious disease that can affect cats of all ages but is more often associated with young kittens where there is a high death rate. The disease is mainly spread through direct contact with an infected cat or its faeces. The health of the affected cats deteriorates rapidly. The most common symptoms are diarrhoea, vomiting and depression.

 

Carrier Cats
These diseases are rampant in the cat population because of carrier cats. Carrier cats may seem to be perfectly healthy but carry and shed the viruses. These cats transmit these diseases to any unvaccinated cats.