THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATING YOUR PET

Vaccinating your dog or cat will reduce the chance of them catching a number of serious and occasionally fatal infectious diseases. Larkmead recommends that your pet receives a routine yearly health check and booster to help protect against the most common and the most serious diseases.

Routine Dog Vaccinations

Your dog’s yearly booster provides protection against Distemper virus, Infectious hepatitis (Adenovirus), Parvovirus, Para influenza virus, and Leptospirosis. We also recommend that you include Kennel Cough in their vaccination regime, as it is a disease which, although rarely life threatening, has unpleasant symptoms and is becoming increasingly prevalent outside a kennel environment.

Parvovirus is a common, potentially fatal condition seen in dogs – especially puppies and we have seen cases at Larkmead Vets in the past month.  It is spread via direct and indirect contact with other dogs, causing bloody diarrhoea and vomiting.

Leptospirosis is spread via the urine of rats, dogs and other mammals.  It is a very common disease in unvaccinated dogs, especially in South Oxfordshire.  It causes acute kidney and liver disease which without swift treatment is rapidly fatal

Kennel cough (canine infectious bronchitis) is the most common disease we see in dogs that can be prevented by vaccination. Kennel cough is a very infectious disease and can affect any dog – not just those who have been in kennels.  It is a debilitating condition and our dogs can become very unwell and cough for up to 6 weeks.

 

Routine Cat Vaccinations

Your cat’s routine yearly vaccination provides protection against: Feline viral rhinotracheitis (Herpes virus), Calici virus, Feline Panleucopenia virus, and Feline Leukaemia virus. 

Cat flu causes respiratory symptoms which in severe cases may be fatal.  In cats that survive, a good proportion develop a chronic condition where they can suffer with painful ulcers in the nasal passages and mouth for the rest of their life. Feline Leukaemia virus is commonly seen in the stray cat population which predisposes a cat to develop cancers and is the 2nd most common cause of death in cats under 4 years old after car accidents.