Vaccination and Microchipping

Vaccination and Microchipping

When can my puppy/kitten/rabbit be vaccinated?

The practice believes in vaccination for dogs, cats and rabbits. We vaccinate puppies from 8 weeks of age, with a second injection at 10 weeks and following this they will be able to start going out at 12 weeks old. Kittens can have their first injection from 9 weeks of age with a second injection at 12 weeks and are ready to start going out one week later. We can vaccinate rabbits from as young as 6 weeks.

How often does my pet need to be vaccinated?

All animals should have annual booster vaccinations and we will send you a reminder card when they are due.

What do the vaccinations protect against?

Dogs – Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza.

Cats – Cat flu viruses, Feline Panleukopaenia, Feline Leukaemia virus

Rabbits – Myxomatosis, Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)

Why should I microchip my pet?

In April 2016 it became law for all dogs in the England to have a microchip (with the exception of where a vet considers the microchip would adversely affect a dog’s health and so has issued a certificate of exemption).

A microchip is a very small device (about the size of a grain of rice) which is implanted just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades.

In the unfortunate situation that your pet were to go missing or be stolen, the microchip permanently identifies your pet and will be read by any vet or rescue centre (using a scanner) should your pet be found.

As your contact details will be linked to your pet’s unique microchip number this allows the swiftest possible reunion of you and your pet.

What happens if I want to take my dog or cat abroad?

If you want to take your dog or cat to a country that is a member of the EU the following steps apply:

1) Your pet will need to be microchipped.

2) Your pet will need to be vaccinated against Rabies. The vaccine we use is licensed for use from 3 months of age.

3) Your pet will then need a Pet Passport which we can issue.

4) There is a mandatory waiting period of 21 days from the day after the date of the Rabies vaccination before your pet can leave the UK.

5) Before re-entry to the UK , dogs must also be treated for tapeworms by a vet not less than 24 hours and not more than 5 days before entering the UK. The vet must record this on the passport.

Please note the following:

If you intend to continue to take your pet abroad, Rabies booster vaccinations are required.

We strongly advise you discuss your travel plans with us at least 3 months beforehand so we can arrange preventative treatment against exotic diseases.

In some circumstances additional commercial rules can apply and so please always discuss your plans and requirements with us well in advance.

If you are planning on taking your pet to a non-EU country,

We strongly advise you discuss your travel plans with us at least 6 months in advance so that together we can ensure your pet fulfils the entry requirements pertinent to that country; some countries have very complex and detailed requirements that require a lot of forward planning.

Vaccination Packages

We have three vaccination packages for puppies, kittens and unvaccinated adult dogs and cats.

Vaccination Only is just that. It comprises the full vaccination course, health check, and a free six-month check.

Silver Pack comprises the full vaccination course and health check, wormer, flea and other parasite treatment to cover your pet up until reaching six months of age, and a free six-month check.

This represents about a 10% saving on buying all of these products individually.

Gold Pack comprises the full vaccination course and health check, wormer, flea and other parasite treatment to cover your pet up until reaching six months and a free six-month check. This package also contains a microchip.

This represents about a 15% saving on buying all of these products individually.

For cats the choice is slightly more complicated as your cat can be vaccinated just against Flu and Enteritis, or Flu, Enteritis and Leukaemia Virus.
It is slightly more expensive to include the Leukaemia Virus option, but it should be considered for a cat that might be going outside or meeting other cats.