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The importance of vaccines

Vaccinations and your pet

Pet vaccination is quite a hot topic all over the world with owners debating whether they should or should not vaccinate their pets and lots of people out there have opinions on the pros and cons of vaccination. This article is here to give you the facts and let you make up your own mind because, at the end of the day, you are the owner and ultimately the decision is yours.

Figures from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Annual Welfare Report have demonstrated that pets in the UK are vulnerable to preventable diseases (data taken from the 2016 PAW report).

Their research tells us that around 33% of pets in the UK have never had a booster vaccination and 22% have never been vaccinated at all; this means that millions of pets are at risk from devastating preventable illnesses such as Parvovirus, Leptospirosis (humans can catch this one too!), Distemper, Feline Leukaemia, Feline Infectious Enteritis and Myxomatosis because their owners are failing to vaccinate them.

Further information

Please do not be worried about asking your vet questions regarding your pet’s care, that is what they are there for. They are not just out to get pets vaccinated as a money making enterprise and truly do have your pet’s best interests at heart. If you would like to speak to a vet about vaccination please contact us on 0118 9574488

Much of the above information has come from the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and we would urge you to visit their website or contact them if you would like more information on vaccines.

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