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Vaccinations

Why vaccinations are important

Protection From Disease

Dog and puppy vaccinations protect against:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Parainfluenza
  • Leptospirosis

We also offer vaccinations against Kennel Cough.  Puppies are vaccinated from 8 weeks old and then have an annual booster vaccination which will include cover against some or all of these diseases as necessary.

Cat and kitten vaccinations protect against:

  • Feline Herpes
  • Calicivirus
  • Infectious Enteritis 
  • Leukaemia

Kittens are vaccinated from 9 weeks old and then a booster is given annually.

Annual rabbit vaccinations protect against:

  • Myxomatosis 
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease and can be given from 6 weeks old.

For the initial vaccination course, a half hour consultation with a Veterinary Nurse is included to allow time to discuss preventative health care, training and nutrition, prior to the veterinary health check and vaccination.

We will remind you by post when your pet’s health check and vaccine becomes due again.

Why Should We Vaccinate?

In the past many animals became severely ill because of diseases which, thanks to vaccination, are now rarely seen. Although these diseases are less common, they have not been completely eradicated.

If the number of pets protected by vaccines drops, our pets could be at risk from an outbreak of infectious diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans. This is similar to the human measles outbreak that has been seen recently in the UK, because so many children were not vaccinated.

Vaccination protects our pets from the many diseases that cause illness, pain, distress and even death. Vaccinating your pet against preventable diseases is a vital part of responsible pet care. When you vaccinate your pet, not only are you protecting them from these diseases but you are preventing the spread of disease to other animals.

Some pets may not need vaccinations every year and our veterinary team will be happy to discuss this with you.

Even if your pet is not receiving annual vaccinations, Castle Vets strongly recommend that pets still have regular annual health checks to ensure they are fit and healthy. 

For more information on the importance of vaccinations, please see our article below: 

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