Vaccinations for Dogs, Cats & Rabbits

Keeping up to date with routine pet vaccinations is extremely important, not only for the health of your pet but to help keep infectious diseases at bay. We recommend bringing your pets in for health checks on an annual basis. This will allow you to discuss which vaccinations are needed to give them optimal protection against a range of important diseases.

At Larkmead Vets, we ensure that our team stays up to date with emerging diseases and make sure our recommended vaccines are the best available.

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Save money on vaccinations

Our Lifetime Care Club is a great way to spread the cost and save money on routine vaccinations as well as other preventative pet care.

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Why vaccinate?

Vaccinations are given to prevent or reduce the symptoms of a small number diseases that can cause very severe illness in our pets. It is important that these vaccinations are given correctly to achieve the best results. Some of the diseases we vaccinate against do not require annual re-vaccination. At Larkmead, we take time to help you understand what diseases we are controlling and make the best choice for your pet.

We routinely vaccinate dogs against the following diseases and infections.

Core vaccinations*:

  • Canine distemper – signs may include runny eyes, diarrhoea and hard pads becoming more severe as the disease progresses. A recent increase in UK canine cases from contact with wildlife or some imported dogs, demonstrates the need for vigilance in stopping this disease becoming more frequent.
  • Canine hepatitis – affects liver, eyes and lungs potentially leading to blindness and bleeding disorders. It is a persistent virus which can survive for months in the environment.
  • Leptospirosis – a water borne bacterial disease which can be caught by contact with infected urine (rats/badgers) or contaminated water sources. May cause vomiting, dehydration, lethargy, pain and kidney damage. Potentially infectious to humans.
  • Parvovirus – still relatively common in unvaccinated dogs. Causes severe diarrhoea, weakness and long-term gut damage.

*The core dog vaccinations are included in our Lifetime Care Club.

Other recommended vaccinations**:

  • Parainfluenza
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica

Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica are more commonly associated with Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis (Kennel cough) a disease that can cause severe symptoms including pneumonia. Very young or elderly patients are most at risk. These bugs are very persistent and may survive in the environment for several weeks. Infections can be picked up anywhere your dog contacts infected dogs, even at the park or doggy day care. As an alternative to the traditional intra-nasal vaccination, we now have an injectable version – please ask at the practice for more information.

  • Rabies vaccination – for almost all travel abroad and return to the UK

**Discounts on these are available through our Lifetime Care Club.

Information regarding the cost of vaccinations is available on our fees page.

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Cats are routinely vaccinated against:

  • Cat flu viruses – Feline herpesvirus (FHV), Feline calicivirus (FCV) and sometimes Bordetella Bronchiseptica. They can cause, congestion, runny eyes and nose, depression, anorexia and eye or mouth ulcers. Once contracted these may become lifelong infections.
  • Feline panleukopenia virus – very similar to parvovirus in dogs, causing gastrointestinal signs, and may prove fatal in young or vulnerable cats.
  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) – associated with anaemia and various tumours, suppresses the immune system. Initial symptoms may be vague and non-specific.

Cat vaccinations are tailored to suit the lifestyle of the individual. Not all will require the FeLV vaccine so speak to your vet for more information or visit:

Cat vaccinations are included in our Lifetime Care Club.

Information regarding the cost of vaccinations is available on our fees page.


Rabbits should be vaccinated against:

  • Myxomatosis – transmitted mostly by fleas and mosquitoes, occasionally rabbit to rabbit. Causes nasty tumour swellings around eyes, nose and genitals. Most cases are fatal.
  • Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (also known as VHD or RVHD) – both strains: 1 & 2 – A highly infectious disease often causing sudden death. Transmitted by biting insects or close contact. The virus can survive for months in an environment previously occupied by an affected rabbit. RHD 2 strain appeared in 2010 and is now the dominant strain across the UK.

Information regarding the cost of vaccinations is available on our fees page.

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Annual vaccination health checks

Your pet’s vaccination appointment will include a thorough clinical examination by one of our vets. It is important to get your pet checked at least once a year in order to detect any early signs of illness and other causes for concern.


We will send vaccination reminders by SMS Text Message or Email but if you would like to receive these by post, please let us know.

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